Welcome to the Project Website for the City of San Antonio Mission Historic District Design Manual.  This website has been created to provide information, news and updates regarding the development of the Mission District Design Manual.

The City of San Antonio’s Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) and World Heritage Office (WHO) is creating a Design Manual specific to the Mission Historic District and the historic and other building resources located within the World Heritage Buffer Zone.  The District was established in 1977 when the four missions ─ Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada ─ were included as part of the Missions National Historical Park, established by the National Park Service.  In 2015, these Missions, along with the Mission Valero (the Alamo), were inscribed as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Specific objectives of the Design Manual include:

The process to complete the Design Manual will be approximately 12 months and will involve several opportunities for public engagement in its creation. Stay tuned to this site for news and up-to-date information of the development of the Mission District Design Manual.

Contact Us

The draft of the manual is in progress but it is not too late provide input. If you have any questions or would like to submit your comments, please contact the City of San Antonio’s Office of Historic Preservation at info@sapreservation.com or by phone at 210-207-0035.

If you would like to receive notices and updates on the Mission Historic District Manual, other programs and events, sign up for E-Alerts on our website at this link http://www.sanantonio.gov/Historic


The Mission District Design Manual is a collaborative effort between the City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation/World Heritage Office, with the residents, businesses and institutions that comprise the community and represent diverse stakeholder interest in the Mission District.

The process is being assisted by two preservation planning firms, the Lakota Group of Chicago, Illinois, and Heritage Strategies, LLC of Sugar Loaf, Pennsylvania.

The Lakota Group

Project manager with expertise in historic preservation planning, design guidelines, community engagement, and implementation strategies. Learn more.

Heritage Strategies

Providing integrated economic revitalization strategies through community visioning, programming, and technical assistance.