Westside Tour

Organizations

1. Avenida Guadalupe
For more than 30 years, Avenida Guadalupe Association, has been committed to its neighborhood, tirelessly fortifying the Guadalupe Street commercial corridor, building affordable senior communities, offering housing counseling and financial education programs to underserved populations, and honoring the roots of San Antonio’s Mexican-American Cultural Heritage.

Address: 1313 Guadalupe Street, Suite 200 San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: (210) 223-3151

2. Rinconcito de Esperanza
The Rinconcito de Esperanza is the hub of Esperanza’s Westside cultural programming. This cultural center consists of three historic buildings; restored using green building practices and earning a Green Building Award and a Historic Preservation Award.

Address: 816 S. Colorado St., San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: (210) 228-0201

3. Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
Founded in 1980, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, is a nonprofit located in the heart of San Antonio’s Westside and is one of the largest community-based, multidisciplinary organizations in the U.S., with a mission to preserve and promote Latino arts and culture.

Address: 723 S. Brazos, San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: (210) 271-3151

4. Guadalupe Theater
With its Mission Revival and art-deco architectural design, the historic 350 seat Guadalupe Theater continues to shine as the jewel of San Antonio’s Westside. This old-school theater hosts performances, events, festivals, and markets.

Address: 1301 Guadalupe St, San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: (210) 271-3151

5. Lift Fund
LiftFund is a non-profit organization that helps finance startups and entrepreneurs. LiftFund provides loans and/or access to capital, for business owners to live their dreams.

Address: 2007 W Martin St, San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: (888) 215-2373

6. Madonna Center
Madonna Center helps individuals and families improve their daily lives through education, connections to resources, healthy aging, and a sense of community.

Address: 1906 Castroville Rd, San Antonio, TX 78237
Phone: (210) 435-1391

7. Maestro Center
Maestro Center is a non-profit 501 (C)(3) organization that is revolutionizing the way successful entrepreneurs grow their small businesses in Greater San Antonio, TX.

Address: 1811 S Laredo St, San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: (210) 952-6672

8. YWCA
YWCA is a racial justice and gender equity organization that provides services to and advocates for the empowerment of women and individuals of color.

Address: 503 Castroville Rd, San Antonio, TX 78237
Phone: (210) 433-9922

UNIVERSITIES

1. Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU)
Our Lady of the Lake is a Catholic, private university, designed for working adults and students across the United States. OLLU offers more than 75 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs and is listed among “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report.

Address: 411 SW 24th St, San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: (210) 434-6711

2. St. Mary’s University
St. Mary’s University is a private, Marianist liberal arts institution, founded in 1852 and is the oldest Catholic university in Texas. St. Mary’s offers more than 75 undergraduate, graduate and law programs.

Address: One Camino Santa Maria, San Antonio, TX 78228
Phone: 210-436-3011

3. University of Texas at San Antonio: Westside Community Center
The UTSA Westside Community Center provides educational, economic, and cultural opportunities to underserved communities in San Antonio’s urban core. The WCC serves as a home base for a wide variety UTSA community outreach efforts.

Address: 1310 Guadalupe Street, San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: (210) 458-4009

4. Westside Education and Training Center (WETC)
The Westside Education and Training Center (WETC) trains students and individuals for high-demand jobs in the San Antonio area. Curriculum is based on local employers needs and training courses are designed to prepare students for these jobs. A $23 million bond was approved for a new state-of-the-art WETC campus and construction is slated to start in 2021.

Address: 563 SW 40th St, San Antonio, TX 78237
Phone: (210) 485-0240

RESTAURANTS

1. Barrio Barista
Located in the heart of San Anto’s Westside, Barrio Barista, is owned by father and son team Gilbert De Hoyos (Jr. and Sr.). The former meat market, turned coffee house, is home of the award-winning barbacoa grilled cheese sandwich.

Address: 3735 Culebra Rd, San Antonio, TX 78228
Phone: (210) 519-5403

2. Jaime’s Place
Jaime’s Place is dedicated to promoting good times on the West Side and a gathering place for the Barrio & Beyond. With over 3,500 square feet, owner Jaime Macias, describes the spot as a place where residents and visitors can experience the authenticity of the downtown-adjacent area.

Address: 1514 W Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: (210) 564-9083

3. Jerk Shack
The Jerk Shack offers elevated Jamaican cuisine along with some traditional favorites like Jerk Chicken. Named one of the best new restaurants in America by Eater Austin, featured on GQ’s Best New Restaurant List (pre-COVID), and secured a place in the Express News “Top 100 Dining and Drinks Guide.”
Address: 117 Matyear St, San Antonio, TX 78237
Hours: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Menu: places.singleplatform.com
Order: postmates.com
Phone: (210) 776-7780

REDEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

1. Basila Frocks
The Basila Frocks Co. originally established in 1929 by the Basila family to house garment manufacturers and commercial shops. Located in the historic Prospect Hill Neighborhood, this historic building has evolved over the years from a mixed-use commercial space to a vibrant focal point of culture, music, and entertainment and is currently awaiting a $3+ million restoration.
Address: 500 N Zarzamora St, San Antonio, TX 78207

2. The Brownstone
The Brownstone, situated in the beautiful parish arts district, is a collection of a dozen eclectic creative studios and offices, all housed in a 2-story brown brick building with beautiful views of San Antonio’s famous downtown.
Address: 1203 Buena Vista St, San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: (210) 300-4000

3. The Parish
The Parish is a modernized multi-use art and creative space. A beautiful, repurposed church, The Parish features a fully renovated interior with 12 multi-use studios and boasts many of San Antonio’s top creatives.
Address: 1624 Buena Vista St, San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: (210) 300-4000

4. Warehouse 5
Warehouse 5 is a former uniform factory built in 1929, that has been redeveloped into a business community of loft spaces for creative people from artisans to entrepreneurs and professionals.
Address: 1333 Buena Vista St, San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: (210) 494-1695

SUBSIDIZED HOUSING

1. Alazan Housing Community
Alazán-Apache Courts is a public housing community in San Antonio. The neighborhood is located on the city’s West Side and was built in 1939. It was the first public housing built in the city and is currently made up of three different properties: Alazán, Apache and Guadalupe Homes.
Address: 1011 S Brazos St, San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: (210) 477-6290

2. Cassiano Homes
The Cassiano Homes were built in 1953 as a family community. Located near the Alamodome and the San Antonio Riverwalk, this 2-story complex has a total of 499 units, an adjacent city park and pool, and is accessible to many downtown shopping facilities.
Address: 2919 S Laredo St, San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: (210) 433-3205

WESTSIDE CREEKS RESTORATION PROJECT

Westside Creeks Restoration Project
The Westside Creeks Project is a community-based creek restoration effort started in 2008 by the San Antonio River Authority. Its mission is to develop and advance planning concepts for restoring the environmental condition of the Alazán, Apache, Martínez, San Pedro, and Zarzamora Creeks to enhance or maintain the current flood control components of these creeks, and to provide increased opportunities for community enjoyment.

  1. Alazán Creek – approximately 17.5 square miles
  2. Apache Creek – approximately 23.4 square miles
  3. Martínez Creek – approximately 7.3 square miles
  4. San Pedro Creek Culture Park – approximately 45.6 square miles
  5. Zarzamora Creek – Slated to be constructed in two phases with 10’ wide concrete hike and bike trails. A pedestrian bridge allows for creek crossing, eight street connections for easy on/off trail access, and a place to rest and recharge.