The Association

The Monte Vista Historical Association (MVHA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, was founded in 1973 in an attempt to halt the loss of structures to demolition, decay and institutional encroachment. In 1975, more than 1600 petitioners asked the City to view the area as a historic asset because of its diversity, quality of architecture and the well-preserved state of the neighborhood. As a result of all the efforts of the citizens, Monte Vista was designated Historic in 1975 by the City of San Antonio and in 1998, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Our Work

The MVHA focuses on important issues that impact our neighborhoods, our families, and our local businesses. Volunteers stay abreast of city ordinances, current laws and ongoing development affecting residents of Monte Vista and work together to preserve, maintain and improve our neighborhood.

Examples include:

  • Staying up-to-date on zoning laws

  • Helping shape ordinances for short term rentals (Airbnb)

  • Participating in city-wide discussions on scooter use (Bird, Lime)

  • Conducting preliminary architectural reviews


β€œTo 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.”

We are proud to say that in our 45 year history, MVHA has been responsible for:

  • Preserving the historic character of our neighborhood

  • Saving numerous houses from destruction

  • Being the leading voice in responsible retail and commercial development

  • Providing thought leadership in historical architecture education

  • Protecting the values of homes and local business