President’s Fall Letter 2017

President’s Fall Letter 2017

Fall and Holiday Events in Monte Vista

Dear Friends & Neighbors,

It’s Fall in South Texas and you know what that means? Third Thursdays are back! It was great seeing many of you at Diane Abdo and Rick Noll’s on September 21. Thanks to Teresa Nunns, our new Social Committee Chair for putting on a great event!

Fall is also the time for one of our favorite events in Monte Vista: The Fall Home Tour! It will be a fantastic tour of three exquisite mansions on East Kings Highway. We are very grateful to our homeowners, Timo and Ashley Hixon, Barry and Bonnie Bankler, and Richard and Susann Fishman, who are graciously opening their beautiful homes so the public can learn about the architecture and history of Monte Vista. The street will be closing for this event. There will be period music and entertainment, history walks and presentations; great snacks from Scratch Bakery will be available for purchase to keep up your energy. The theme is “Avenue of the Cattle Barons,” so put on your boots and cowboy hat and come join the fun. Or be sensible and wear comfortable shoes like I will! Schnabel’s True Value Hardware is the official place to purchase tickets in advance. We miss On Main Off Main, but we are super grateful to Michael and his folks for picking up this important task. Maybe Bill and Oscar will be able to attend for the first time! This event is very dependent on our sponsors and volunteers, so we give you all a Texas-Sized Thank You! Don’t miss the opportunity to toast the tour with the Preview Party Cocktail Gala, hosted by Henry Munoz; we are so grateful to him for opening his fabulous home for this event. We are planning great food, drinks and entertainment. Our chairperson, Ryan Reed is doing an outstanding job pulling this event together with a small, but dedicated army of volunteers!

At the MVHA Annual Membership Meeting on October 15, we elected our new board for 2018. Melody Hull will be taking the reins as President as we roar into a huge City-wide celebration with the Tri-Centennial of San Antonio’s birth. Thank you to the many folks that applied to serve on this hard-working board. We do lots of events and stay ever diligent with our mission “To encourage the preservation of the distinctive heritage of the Monte Vista area; to keep the physical identity of the late nineteenth-early twentieth century district intact; and to educate the public, especially the youth, with knowledge of our inherited neighborhood values which contribute to a wholesome urban environment.”

Lately I have spent time going through documents, scrapbooks and files kept at the MVHA office at the Landa Library Annex. I ran across a scrapbook from the 1970’s, the decade MVHA was formed and we received our Historic District designation from the City of San Antonio. I was amazed at the work that went into this, and I was thrilled that many of the founders and early leaders are still active today. I can’t imagine that there is another neighborhood organization in San Antonio with the decades-long dedication and commitment to its mission that we have in Monte Vista. We owe the founders and all who have served over the years a huge thank you for preserving arguably the finest historic district in the country. We challenge future generations to keep up this important work.

To that end, we want to ensure that we preserve all our history, including any documentation that may be helpful to future generations. We know our archives are not complete, so if you have copies of old newsletters, articles from the newspaper, blueprints of your home, stories about your home, anything you think would be helpful, please consider donating them to MVHA. We will be undertaking a project in 2018 to catalog and archive all documents. If you need us to pick up your items, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Have you stopped by the Landa Library yet? The “facelift” is complete and the restoration is outstanding. The care with which Seventh Generation Design took in the research process and the skilled craftsmanship by F.A. Nunnelly General Contractors, all overseen by the team at the San Antonio Public Library, was just amazing to watch. Those of us dedicated to historic preservation appreciate professionals who take such a thoughtful and sensitive approach to a structure that is as loved as the Landa Library. Don’t you know that Harry and Hannah Landa are proud! This is the seventieth birthday of the Landa Library. Watch for information about the celebrations planned in October.

I look forward to seeing you all at the upcoming events in Monte Vista. Thank you for your support, for being great neighbors and for taking part as often as possible.

With love of Monte Vista,

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