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[photo] Spanish Governor's Palace
Photo from the National Historic Landmarks collection, courtesy of James Oliver

The Spanish Governor's Palace is an excellent example of a large Spanish colonial townhouse. Constructed in 1749, it was used as the headquarters and residence of the captain of the San Antonio De Bexar Presidio and dubbed the "Spanish Governor's Palace." The residence was later the home of Ignatio Perez, governor of Texas from 1815 to 1817. The one-story stuccoed stone building surrounds a traditional Spanish courtyard. It also has wrought iron window grilles and an entrance with a keystone bearing the Hapsburg coat of arms. The Spanish Governor's Palace is the only remaining example in Texas of an aristocratic 18th-century Spanish residence.

The Spanish Governor's Palace, a National Historic Landmark, is located in the Main and Military Plazas Historic District at 105 Plaza de Armas (between Commerce and Dolorosa sts. behind City Hall) in San Antonio. It is open Monday-Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm; Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm; closed Dec. 24-25, and New Year's Day. There is a small fee for admission. For further information call 210-224-0601.



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