Bowen-Kirchner House

Bowen-Kirchner House (HM1KBN)

Location: San Antonio, TX 78205 Bexar County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 25.309', W 98° 29.344'

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Margarita Perez de Rodriguez, consort of Compana de Béxar soldier Jose Antonio Rodriguez, was given this land "in satisfaction of her constitutional allowance." She sold the property in 1851 to San Antonio postmaster John Bowen, who conveyed it to Auguste Kirchner in 1871. The house, built either by Bowen or Kirchner, appears on the 1873 Koch bird's-eye view map of San Antonio. Thomas Abbott, a shoemaker, bought the property in 1881 from his wife's family, the Heiligmans, who also owned the house to the east. Anna Schneider, a clairvoyant, lived here for many years. Following its purchase by the City of San Antonio in 1940, the house served as the La Villita project office and Red Cross Training Center.

The house is built of uniformly sized blocks of "caliche", a clay and calcium substance. The local building material, cut from the ground and dried, was used in the late nineteenth century.
Marker NumberB
Placed ByLa Villita Tenants Association and the San Antonio Conservation Society
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Date Added Monday, May 4th, 2015 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 549561 N 3254829
Decimal Degrees29.42181667, -98.48906667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 25.309', W 98° 29.344'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 25' 18.54" N, 98° 29' 20.64" W
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Area Code(s)210
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 418-498 Villita St, San Antonio TX 78205, US
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