Details for Halff House (Atlas Number 5029002333)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5029002333


Marker Number 2333
Atlas Number 5029002333
Marker Title Halff House
Index Entry Halff House
Address E Nueva St
City San Antonio
County Bexar
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 549662
UTM Northing 3254792
Subject Codes Alsatian immigrants/immigration; houses, residential buildings; German immigrants/immigration; markets, merchantiles; Eastlake; Romanesque/Richardsonian Romanesque (Architectural style)
Marker Year 1966
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location Hemisfair Park, S. Alamo St., San Antonio Carcross from La Vallia)
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text Mayer Halff (1836-1905) immigrated to Texas from Lauterborg, Alsace Lorraine, France, in 1850. In partnership with his brother Solomon, he opened a mercantile business in Liberty and began a cattle ranching enterprise. They moved to San Antonio in 1864 and established M. Halff & Brother, a wholesale dry goods company. Their ranching interests grew to include over a million acres of land in Texas and other states, and they also beame interested in banking. Mayer Halff purchased land at this site in 1890, and three years later he and his wifre Rachel (Hart) had this house built for their family. Exhibiting Eastlake and Richardsonian Romanesque stylistic influences, the Victorian-Era house features a prominent round arch entry, two-story crenellated bay, two-story fulllength side porch with eastlake detailing. Originally built on Goliad Street, the house remained for construction of the Hemisfair facilities in the 1960s. The Halff family played an important role in the developement of San Antonio and the Texas Cattle Industry. Many of their descendants, some of whom married into the pioneer Oppenheimer Family, still reside in the city.