Villa Finale: Museum & Gardens, San Antonio

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#14 of 17 in Historic Sites in San Antonio
Located at the center of the King William National Historic District and along the world-famous River Walk, Villa Finale is the name given by Walter Nold Mathis to what he knew would be his last home. The house, which sits on 1.5 acres of former farm land for the Alamo, contains Mr. Mathis's collection of over 12,500 fine and decorative arts. Villa Finale proved to be the catalyst in Mr. Mathis's King William preservation efforts; he went on to buy and at least partially restore over 12 properties in the neighborhood. Mr. Mathis's efforts in historic preservation played a major part in the revitalization of King William and provided the foundation to Villa Finale becoming the 27th National Trust Historic Site.
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  • Mathis is the man who preserved the now famed King William Historical District in San Antonio. His home is full of unique artifacts, most notably are Lions and anything having to do with Napoleon. I h...  more »
  • This was really a neat little house tour just a short walk from downtown San Antonio. My husband and I did the self-guided tour of the house for $5 per person (money goes toward upkeep of the house). ...  more »
  • We followed the Conservation Society's free King William map and came across Villa Finale. We were in between tour times but went around back to see what we could do. A guide graciously gave us a quic...  more »
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  • This is a great place to visit; we did a guided tour, and the tour guide was friendly, funny, professional, and very well-versed in her job. Thoroughly enjoyable, and a wonderful part of the city to explore.
  • We absolutely LOVED our tour here! Go to the free gift shop in back to get a free brochure for walking tour of the King William district!!
  • Enjoy a unique collection from and eccentric figure.

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