The Woman's Club of San Antonio is a §501(c)(3) charitable organization with the mission statement: "The object and purpose of the association shall be be mutual improvement and cooperation in all charitable and educational undertakings that pertain to the greater good of humanity." We were one of the original twelve members of the Fiesta Commission, and we are members of the San Antonio Women's Federation, Inc. and the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs, Alamo District. We provide annual college scholarships and support local charities with a different emphasis each month.
We are housed in the lovely Woodward House, located at 1717 San Pedro Avenue in San Antonio, since 1926. Its old world warmth and charm blend for a romantic and unique setting for a small to medium-sized wedding, reception, or private function.
The historical Woodward House is a beautiful, three-story Neo-Classical Revival designed by Atlee B. Ayers. It was built by David J. Woodward in 1904-1906 as a birthday gift for his beloved wife.
The house was started on Mrs. Woodward's birthday and was built on a hill, the highest land in the area, with a view of downtown. One of the design signatures of an Atlee B. Ayers home is the massive two-story wooden columns which grace the front of the Woodward House.
The wide semi-circular verandah fronts the double doors that open into the Reception Room. To the right of the foyer, the Gold Room contains the gold leaf French style furniture that won the blue ribbon at the 1904 St. Louis World's Exposition.
The ceiling is painted with murals reminiscent of the castles of Europe. The formal reception room with oak paneling and tapestry-hung walls contains four floor-to-ceiling wooden columns that lead the eye to the beamed ceiling with original paintings.
The Library to the left of the formal parlor contains an impressive carved wooden fireplace and cherry wood library table that was made from a massive antique piano. The Woodward House has two dining rooms that are accented with specially designed mahogany woodwork on the doorways, fireplace, and large buffet. Distinctly different and equally beautiful chandeliers grace the dining rooms.
The house is located close to downtown and can accommodate up to 175 people. The first and second floors of the house offer a variety of ways to design a rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, seated dinner or buffet, or dance.
A piano is available on both floors for musical accompaniment.
The front doors on the ground floor open up into a large reception room with original tapestries and beautiful paneling all around. The grand staircase is a centerpiece in the foyer and has served as a location for many brides and grooms to be photographed.
The house is ADA compliant and an elevator assures accessibility from the basement to the main floor to the ballroom. In 1995, The Woman's Club received an official State of Texas Historical Marker based on the age and history of the home. It has also received recognition by the National Registry of Historical Places on June 12, 1996.
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