Founded in 1890…
Monte Vista is arguably the most prominent of the neighborhoods that blossomed during San Antonio’s “Gilded Age” - the period between 1890 and 1930 when the city began to establish itself as something beyond just an outpost for cattle drives. Monte Vista was where many of the prominent citizens in the oil and cattle industries decided to make their home during this time.
More than the neighborhood for San Antonio’s early notable families, Monte Vista was (and still is) home to distinguished and timeless architecture. Designers such as Atlee B. Ayres, Jay and Lee Adams and Frost Carvel adapted national trends of the era to San Antonio culture and lifestyle. The result is an eminent and attractive mix of Queen Anne, Hollywood Bungalow, Georgian, Tudor, Moorish and Victorian-era architecture that gives Monte Vista its unique feel.
The Monte Vista Historic District, one of the largest historic districts in the United States, is located roughly 1.5 miles north of Downtown San Antonio, Texas (a.k.a. Midtown), includes 14 subdivisions, and is home to about 3,000 people in 100 city blocks.
Monte Vista was designated a local historic district in 1975 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.