Visitor Information401 King William St.
San Antonio, Texas 78204
Phone: (210) 223-9800
Hours: Open for guided and self-guided tours Tuesday through Saturday, except major holidays (please visit website for additional and updated information).
National Trust for Historic Preservation Member Discount: Fifty percent discount on regular public tours: one adult for Individual Members; two adults and all children between the ages of 8-18 years in the immediate family for all other Members (museum not suitable for children under the age of eight due to dense concentration of delicate objects in the collection). Discount does not apply to other programs and cannot be combined with other offers.
The Italianate mansion in the King William Historic District, known today as Villa Finale, was constructed by four separate owners between 1876 and 1904. Purchased in 1967 by philanthropist and civic leader Walter Nold Mathis, it was restored to an elegant single family residence from the rooming house it had become during World War I and since the early 1930’s. After completing the restoration of Villa Finale, Mathis went on to purchase 13 additional houses in the neighborhood, for conservation and sale to preservation-minded individuals. In recognition for his preservation efforts, Mathis was awarded the Crowninshield Award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2003.
The beautiful home and gardens are enhanced by the extensive collections of Mathis, which include over 12,500 distinctive examples of decorative arts and furniture. These include 19th & 20th century antiques, silver, ceramics, fine art, books and Napoleona. Prior to Mathis’ death in December of 2005, he bequeathed his entire estate to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2004. Open to the public since October 2010, Villa Finale is the first and only historic site in Texas owned and operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.