The August Issue


Posted on August 10, 2015

In a city filled with as rich a history as San Antonio, there’s a fine balance between embracing the convenience of the new while celebrating the complexity of the old. As San Antonio delves into the revitalization of the Southtown area, it’s important to find this balance, while also remembering that change can be good. 

This month’s Feature Property - the Steel House Lofts - is a perfect example of that beautiful juxtaposition between the old and the new in the Southtown area. 

Always a San Antonio landmark, the building now known as the Steel House Lofts was once the historic Peden Iron & Steel Building. The beginning of the building’s series of transformations came in 1912, when a fire burned down the Peden ware houses. Soon after, renowned Texas architect Atlee B. Ayres rebuilt the warehouses, and to great success - the building continued to house a variety of businesses throughout the 20th century. Then, in 2006, the property was purchased and repurposed to be one of San Antonio’s premier living destinations. Today, the Steel House Lofts highlight a rich architectural heritage, while celebrating the diverse expansion of the city. 

August is a time of change for many -- the kids return to school and the summer heat begins to fade. But before these changes come to pass, I hope you find some time to enjoy this month’s issue learning more about the mysterious island of Santorini or even taking a trip through history with San Antonio’s Briscoe Western Art Museum.

Wishing you a balanced August, 

Jennifer Shemwell

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