Welcome to the Monticello Park NA! Monticello Park Neighborhood Association is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization. The homes of Monticello Park are an extraordinary collection of architecture; Revival styles, English Tudor, Spanish Colonial, Greek, Italianate, Neoclassical, Mission, Craftsmen, English Stone Bungalow, and Art Moderne. Virtually every house proudly shows the handiwork of individual artisans. The masonry, the plasterwork, Mexican mission tile, arches, built-ins, cartouches, and turrets-- all touches that make these homes truly unique.
The area was once a dairy farm owned by George Calvert. Mr. Calvert sold his farm to developers, and Monticello Park, originally called Woodlawn Terrace, grew from the 1920s to the 1940s. Its growth reflected the Roaring 20s, the Great Depression, and finally World War II. The neighborhood attracted the growing class of merchants and professionals of the time. Many of the homes were designed by San Antonio architect, Nathan Straus Nayfach.
One of the developers, Leo S. Karen, sold a portion of land to the San Antonio Independent School District for approximately $94,588. The crown jewel of our neighborhood, Thomas Jefferson high school, was built on this land. The Spanish Baroque building was designed by Max Frederick and built in 1932, much to the dismay of some who believed it to be in the middle of nowhere. Furr Drive was designed to afford a view of the spectacular dome which was originally done in colorful tile.
Monticello Park neighborhood is bordered by Wilson, Babcock, Fredericksburg, and Donaldson. In 1995, a portion of the Monticello Park neighborhood Association was designated a historic district, Monticello Park Historical District, and laid the foundation for its beginnings which now stretch into the Jefferson Neighborhood Association.
As a historic district, any exterior renovations to homes in Monticello Park must be reviewed by the Office of Historic Preservation and often by the Historic Design and Review Commission. To see the website page for the Office of Historic Preservation and the HDRC, click here