Villa Finale

photo by: Carol Highsmith

Historic Sites

Villa Finale

A Distinctive Destination
  • Constructed: 1876
  • Address: 401 King William Street
    San Antonio, Texas 78204
  • Hours
    Tuesday–Saturday
    9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
  • Phone 210-223-9800

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Villa Finale was the last home of civic leader and historic preservationist, Walter Nold Mathis. Located in the heart of the King William Historic District in San Antonio, the Italianate mansion was built in 1876 by a successful hardware merchant and over the next 90 years had several owners who reflected San Antonio’s evolving story.

In 1967, in the midst of a neighborhood decline, Mathis purchased the home, restored it, and went on to restore up to 14 properties in King William thereby providing the catalyst to the district’s revitalization. Today, King William stands as an example of a revitalized historic urban neighborhood with Villa Finale at the forefront of community involvement through its engaging programs and events.

Villa Finale’s historic integrity has been preserved by its owner and used for modern living with a flair for the past. The beautiful home and gardens are enhanced by the extensive collections of Mathis, which include more than 12,500 distinctive examples of decorative arts and furniture. These include 19th and 20th century antiques, silver, ceramics, fine art, books and Napoleona.

As part of its programming, Villa Finale offers a variety of activities that cater to a diverse audience in San Antonio. From general tours for the everyday tourist, to specialized lectures and workshops for the art and history connoisseur, to family events for the general community, and exclusive garden receptions, Villa Finale reflects the vibrant atmosphere that is today’s revitalized King William Historic District.

Villa Finale is operated by Villa Finale: Museum and Gardens and owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

“The finest house in Texas...”

Architect O’Neil Ford

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