Tax Credit Program Highlight: L.T. Wright House

San Antonio, Bexar County


L.T. Wright House Facade


Individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Historic Use

Single family home

Current Use


Total Rehabilitation Cost


Qualified Rehabilitation Expenses


Date Certified

March 8, 2016


Certified for state tax credits only.


Constructed in 1917, the L.T. Wright house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as “the finest example of early Wrightian architecture in the state of Texas.” This Prairie School style home was designed in 1913 by George Willis, noted San Antonio architect, while he was working at the office of Atlee B. Ayres. The L.T. Wright house reflects an influence in design from Willis’ work as a draftsman for Frank Lloyd Wright (no relation to L.T.) in Chicago between 1901 and 1905. Between 1917 and 1920, artist Fred Donecker and his sons completed the interior stenciling and freehand painting depicting local San Antonio landscapes and scenes.

Rehabilitation Project

The current owner houses his architectural firm in the building, and has been completing ongoing rehabilitation work at the property for over 25 years, with the goal of restoring and maintaining the house’s original character. Much of the necessary work has included removal of later partitions and alterations associated with a 20th century conversion into individual apartment units. This state-only tax credit project consists solely of the replacement of the building’s character-defining hipped shingle roof, which represents a new installment of these long-term rehabilitation efforts. The failing wood shingle roof was completely replaced, including repair and reinforcement of the rafters and replacement of the decking. The high quality finish materials will stand the test of time, including wood shakes and solid copper gutters and downspouts.

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  • The home (now office) was originally designed with an internal gutter system, which proved problematic for upkeep and was roofed over in the early years of the building's lifespan in favor of an external gutter system; these were replaced during this project.