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“Life for the German Gentry”
Review of Steves Homestead

Steves Homestead
Ranked #67 of 280 things to do in San Antonio
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Owner description: Take the docent-led tour of this Victorian mansion for a reconstructed take on the lifestyle of rich and famous San Antonio personalities in the late 1800s.
Reviewed September 4, 2010

Located in the historic King William’s Neighborhood, this home is representative of the lifestyle lived by German Gentry that were the early movers and shakers of the San Antonio community. The home is furnished in period pieces (some original to the Steves Family). You must take a guided tour for access into the home. The tour was $6 per person and included 45 minutes of great information and access to many rooms. Even my 17 year old enjoyed the stories told about this close knit family and especially the matriarch who was so generous to her neighbors. At the beginning of the tour they gave us a brochure which listed the other historic homes in the neighborhood. You are free to check out the outside grounds area on your own. Call ahead for tour times. There is a small free parking area along the side of the home where E. Johnson Street dead-ends.

7  Thank spontaneoustrip
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Reviewed July 28, 2010

This tour was extraordinary! For $6, we had the opportunity to explore several rooms of the home and many of its original furnishings. What made this tour so impressive was the detail in the stories of the family. I walked away with a real sense of the personalities of the family members. I think this tour is best suited for older children through adults.

I missed the small lot parking and actually did easily find street parking.

5  Thank DaDancingTraveler
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Reviewed May 1, 2010

I enjoyed my visit to the King William Historic District, and especially the Steves Homestead. The Steves Family was very influential to San Antonio, and the home was considered modern for its time by being the first to have electricity in the city and have sinks in all four bedrooms. The docent was very informative and knowledgeable. The grounds and the home are beautiful and well maintained. On the side of the home is a walking bridge over the San Antonio River. The Pioneer Mills / Guenther House is a very short walk from the Steves Homestead.

There is a small parking lot at the Steves Homestead for parking, though street parking is much more difficult to come by. There was not a tour or trolley group present when I took a 1:30 p.m. tour on a Saturday.

The tour is $6 for 45 minutes. The small gift shop sells bottled water, cookbooks, and other small items. There is also a mens and womens restroom. You can obtain a King WIlliam Historic District Walking Map from the gift shop if you wish.

I recommend spending some time in the historic area when visiting San Antonio. I enjoyed the Steves Homestead much more than the Guenther House - I did not eat at the Guenther House Restaurant, but other than a gift shop, parlor, and fourth floor "party room" there isn't much to see at Guenther House. Guide at Steves Homestead is very knowledgeable and personable. Steves is an enjoyable peek into an influential family's life and worth the time to visit.

8  Thank VegasBling
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