Friday, May 10, 2013

Historical Home Tour in King William, San Antonio

Front view of Edward Steves Homestead in the King William District, San Antonio
The King William District is one of the most cherished parts of San Antonio.  Stately historical mansions from the 1800’s line the peaceful streets which run along the river just south of the city center.  You may have lived in San Antonio for many years and not completely explored this neighborhood and it is highly recommended.  Walking along the streets gazing at the different historical homes you begin to imagine the interiors and what the families were like who lived in these massive residences in the 1800’s.

Luckily one of the estates is a museum and the public can tour most of the interiors and the grounds.  Built in 1876, The Edward Steves Homestead on 509 King William is an elegant three-story mansion located on the east bank of the San Antonio River.  Edward Steves was a German immigrant and the founder of Steves Lumber Company.  He had the home built by the prominent San Antonio architect Alfred Giles who combined elements from the French Second Empire and the Italian Villa styles in the home's construction.

The Steves Homestead has been maintained since 1954 as a historic house museum. The property was donated to the San Antonio Conservation Society by Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Vaughan in memory of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Steves and her parents Mr. and Mrs. Albert Steves.

The majority of the first and second floors are part of the tour and include the formal parlor, family parlor, dining room, kitchen, sunroom, study and two bedrooms.  Outside you can see the exterior of the servants’ rooms that are over the kitchen, The River House which used to hold one of the first indoor swimming pools used daily by Edward Steves, the carriage house and additional servants quarters which are now a visitor center.

For more information about the Edward Steves Homestead, please visit the San Antonio Conservation Society website

Formal Parlor

Ceiling Detail

Family Parlor

Dining Room



Edward Steves Study with Separate Entrance

Stairway to Second Foor


Master Bedroom

Stairway to Third Floor - Not Part of Tour

View From Second Floor Downstairs

Front Entrance

View From Front Porch

Back Exterior of Home
Fountain on Grounds

Sitting Area on Grounds

Sitting Area on Grounds

Carriage House

Wash House

River View from Grounds

River View from Grounds

Servants Quarters - Now Visitor Center

Exterior View of Main Home

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