Details for Ernst Homestead (Atlas Number 5029001498)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5029001498


Marker Number 1498
Atlas Number 5029001498
Marker Title Ernst Homestead
Index Entry Ernst Homestead
Address 411 S. Presa
City San Antonio
County Bexar
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 549459
UTM Northing 3254583
Subject Codes houses, residential buildings; German immigrants/immigration
Marker Year 1983
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location 411 S. Presa, San Antonio; MARKER REPORTED MISSING 5/2011
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text Built about 1890, this home was constructed on land bordering the Mission Concepcion Acequia (Canal). In 1896 the site was purchased by Prussian Native William Ernnst (1830-1904), a former mail carrier between Fredericksburg and San Antonio. Ernst acquired a reputation as a talented cook, and while in Mexico during the U.S. Civil War, he prepared a supper for Empoeror Maximilan. His Culinary skills earned him an appointment to the Emperor's staff as a chef. After Maximilian's Execution in 1867, Ernst returned to San Antonio, where he operated a restaurant on Alamo Plaza.