Details for Oscar and Rachel Berman House (Atlas Number 5507013621)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5507013621


Marker Number 13621
Atlas Number 5507013621
Marker Title Oscar and Rachel Berman House
Index Entry Berman, Oscar and Rachel, House
Address 338 Madison St.
City San Antonio
County Bexar
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 549269
UTM Northing 3253951
Subject Codes Neoclassical (architectural style); houses, residential buildings; Jewish topics; women
Marker Year 2006
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text Jewish-Russian immigrant Oscar Berman was in Texas by the 1880s. He wed Rachel "Ray" Finklestein c. 1890 and became a businessman in Luling, Caldwell County, parterning with Getzel Zadek. They later opened a wholesale liquor business in San Antonio. With Prohibition in 1918, they branched into other businesses, including loans. In 1906, work began on the Berman House, designed by noted architect Harvey L. Page. The Neoclassical design with Prairie influences features Corinthian and Doric columns, deep eaves, corbelled chimneys, and a full-height entry with unique inward-curving first-floor porch. Enlarged with wings in the 1920s, the home has since been restored to its original design. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2006