February 17 in San Antonio history…
A corridor along the San Antonio River from the Lone Star Brewery to Mission Espada has been designated a city historical district. The establishment of the district was called a step toward creation of a national park around the missions on the city’s South Side. If approved, the national park would be one of the first in a suburban area. The district will not change the present or future use of land in the area, according to Gene Carmargo, a city planner, but it will require that additions and changes to buildings be considered by the Historical Review Board.
The 70-year old exhibit hall at the Kendall County Fairgrounds in Boerne is destroyed by fire. The cause is later determined to be arson.
The Finck Cigar Company building, built in 1882, is illegally demolished at 7:45 on a Sunday morning. A construction company crew discovered at the debris-covered site of the designated city landmark was cited for allegedly violating the city code by not having a demolition permit. Just weeks after the demolition, State Sen. Frank Tejeda filed a bill requiring responsible parties to rebuild historic buildings that are damaged or destroyed, or pay an amount equal to the estimated replacement cost to be used for preservation projects. But since the bill was not retroactive, it could not be used to make anyone pay the estimated $200,000 it would have cost to replace the Finck Building. In the end, the joint venture paid a $25,000 fine to the city for the demolition.