Located on the south bank of the San Antonio River, La Villita was San Antonio's first neighborhood. Originally, La Villita was a settlement of primitive huts for the Spanish soldiers stationed at the Mission San Antonio Valero (the Alamo). After a flood in 1819, brick, stone and adobe houses replaced the earlier structures. In 1836, La Villita was the site of General Santa Ana's cannon line in the Battle of the Alamo.
Historic "Little Church" Photo
"Little Church" Today
Late in the 19th century European immigrants from Germany and France moved into the area, becoming San Antonio's business leaders, bankers, educators, and craftsmen. The cultural mix that occurred at this time can best be illustrated by the variety of architectural styles reflected in La Villita's evolution of buildings from palisado to Victorian Houses.
La Villita declined into a slum area in the first part of the 20th century. In 1939, as ground broke on the San Antonio River Walk development, city fathers acted to preserve this colorful part of San Antonio's history. Today, La Villita is a thriving arts community that stands as a monument to San Antonio's past.
La Villita Historic Arts Village Today
La Villita Website
0.5 mi from Fairmount
418 Villita #900, San Antonio, TX (210) 207-8613
Today, La Villita Historic Arts Village is a nationally registered, thriving collection of artisan shops,art galleries, restaurants and other points of interest located right off the River Walk. The walking tour makes for a leisurely day of sightseeing and shopping. Start at Sutler Country Store, located in the 1854 Florian House. The shop sells handmade jewelry, sculpture, Southwest art and books on La Villita's history. The house itself reflects the dramatic change in building styles during La Villita's evolution. Marvel too at Villita Stained Glass, and its home inside the 1873 Bowen/Kirchner House, an example of caliche block construction. Many of La Villita's shops and galleries occupy 19th-century buildings such as these.
La Villita Events - Annual Starving Artists Show
Among the many events that take place in or near La Villita, arguably the highlight of the year is the first full weekend in April, when the annual Starving Artists Show takes place. It is a three-day arts festival with artists and crafters from across the country converging on La Villita and much of the River Walk to sell their goods. The show is hosted annually by the Historic Little Church of La Villita, to aid the homeless of the region. Stroll down the river walk and feast your eyes on the varied art displayed.
La Villita shops, galleries and restaurants are open daily, and admission is free. LaVillita Historic Arts
Hotel near La Villita in San Antonio offers Complimentary Limo Service
Historic Fairmount Hotel
If you are searching for a luxury hotel near La Villita in San Antonio, consider The Fairmount Hotel. The Fairmount was built in 1906 and recently given a complete renovation to restore its classical Victorian elegance of yesteryear. The history of this San Antonio TX hotel, its romantic ambiance and convenient downtown location make The Fairmount Hotel the perfect lodging choice for anyone visiting San Antonio, whether for leisure or business travel.
Just a short distance from The Fairmount is La Villita which is a unique arts and crafts community with shops, working artists, restaurants and a post office.
The Fairmount Hotel offers a special treat to its guests that need a lift to some of the areas attractions
you will be able to ride in style in The Fairmount's
Cadillac Escalade Limo. This is a complimentary service provided by the hotel and is available within a 5-mile radius of The Fairmount between 6 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. You can check the schedule with the front desk staff - and please give 24 hours notice if you need transportation outside our regular hours.
The Fairmount Hotel - A Fine Choice for hotels near La Villita in San Antonio!