Casa Navarro State Historic Site

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Casa Navarro State Historic Site

Texas

(210) 226-4801

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Overview

The Casa Navarro State Historic Site is nestled in downtown San Antonio. The half-acre site is the restored home of Tejano patriot José Antonio Navarro (1795 - 1871). Today, visitors can tour Navarro's adobe home furnished with period antiques, read copies of his writing, and discuss questions of history with informed interpreters.

The original house complex consisted of three limestone, caliche block, and adobe structures, built about 1848. Casa Navarro is the only historic site in San Antonio dedicated to the interpretation of the Mexican history and heritage of Texas, as seen through the life of Navarro, a prominent San Antonio merchant, rancher and statesman.

Navarro served as a member of the Texas legislatures under Mexico, the Republic of Texas and the State of Texas. Representing San Antonio Tejanos, he signed the Texas Declaration of Independence in 1836. Navarro was the first Tejano to write about the history of Texas. He was an influential political figure during the momentous 55 years when the destiny of Texas was forged, from 1810 to 1865. Navarro is best known as "the strongest defender of the rights of his people."

Map of Casa Navarro (TX)

Latitude, Longitude: 29.423206, -98.497279

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Activities

  • Historic Sites

    Today, visitors can tour Navarro's one-story limestone house furnished with period antiques -- a fine example of early-statehood domestic architecture -- read copies of his writing and discuss questions of history with informed staff. There is also a two-story square store and office building, noted for its bold quoins, which anchor the edges of the building's walls. The detached adobe and caliche block kitchen is typical of early Texas architecture with front and rear porches.

Seasonality/Weather

NOTICE: Casa Navarro is currently (as of November 2010) closed to visitors due to extensive restoration work. Visitors are still welcome to attend any upcoming events. Normal hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, and New Years Day.

Directions

Driving

The site is accessible from Interstate 37 or Interstate 35. It is in downtown San Antonio at 228 S. Laredo St., across from the Police Department Headquarters, and two blocks from Market Square.

Phone Numbers

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(210) 226-4801

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