Join Villa Finale's Curator, Meg Nowack, for a grand tour of preservationist Walter Mathis and architect O'Neil Ford's homes. Ford and Mathis forged a friendship over historic buildings, a shared interest about which they both were very passionate. The day will begin at 10:00am at the front gate of Villa Finale, Mathis's beloved home in the King William National Historic District, where the group will take a tour of the house and learn about the influence Mathis and Ford had upon each other. Nowack will guide the group down the street to Ford's former office at 526 King William to view the now-private residence. The grand tour will conclude with a drive to Wanda and O'Neil Ford's fantastic and historic former residence at 7 Willow Way, near the Mission San Jose. The unique house is now the home of native San Antonian and local real estate developer, James Lifshutz, who restored it in 2005. Guests will be provided with drinks and a boxed lunch to enjoy in the intriguing gardens of Willow Way. Lifshutz will conclude the afternoon with an anecdote-filled tour of the Ford estate. What better way to spend a Saturday during Preservation Month!
Call Villa Finale Visitor Services at (210) 223-9800 for reservations or more information.