The San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation (OHP), on Jan. 26, announced the debut of ScoutSA and Rehabber Club at the Frost Bros showroom, two initiatives directly involving the community in the preservation of San Antonio’s character.
“Rehabber Club will provide a network of do-it-yourselfers, craftsmen, contractors, homeowners of historic homes, realtors, and citizens that are interested in SA’s preservation,” said Shanon Miller, OHP director, in a news release. “There will be regular meetups featuring hands-on demonstrations, trainings and talks on relevant topics – all to establish a social network chain to share information.” Through the hashtag #mySArehab, San Antonians can share their stories about their own rehab projects or projects they admire.
ScoutSA is the new name/brand for OHP’s comprehensive survey and designation initiative, an ongoing effort in the coming years. Surveys are a vital method to identify, inventory, and document potential landmarks in San Antonio. Beginning in 2016, the ScoutSA campaign will be used to expand the OHP survey of properties to include all portions within Loop 410 and beyond as appropriate. Accessible through a wireless device, including smart phones and desktop computers, ScoutSA is a web-based innovative way of identifying, inventorying and documenting potential landmarks. This program is intended to promote data crowd sourcing that can be initiated by any individual or group. All of the information collected goes into a database that can be accessed by the public. The data will be integrated in GIS and include photos of the buildings. This is a new and emerging technology for surveying.
“ScoutSA makes it easier for San Antonians to get involved in a conversation about what makes our city unique and what we, as a community, think should be protected for future generations,” said Kathy Rodriguez, deputy historic preservation officer, in the release. This is a great opportunity to contribute to potential decisions about historic properties, places, intangible and tangible heritage and build awareness of the economic opportunities and positive impact of preservation. We are excited to be leading this type of effort in San Antonio.”
OHP is also launching its new website SApreservation.com. As a preservation resource in San Antonio, this website will provide direct links to all major initiatives and to social media.