Rinconcito de Esperanza
816 S. Colorado St.
San Antonio, TX 78207
The Rinconcito de Esperanza is the hub of Esperanza’s Westside cultural programming, including our En Aquellos Tiempos oral history gatherings and Fotohistorias del Westside street museum composed of historic photographs donated to the Esperanza by the Westside community.
The growth of the Rinconcito de Esperanza began when the Esperanza purchased the Casa de Cuentos in 2002, and later the adjacent Ruben’s Ice House in 2007. In 2009, we received a CDBG grant to renovate the Casa de Cuentos and the small Casita in the back, expanding the meeting space in the Casa, and adding on a wrap-around porch to provide shade and seating for outdoor events. The multidisciplinary cultural center, consisting of three historic buildings, was carefully adapted to new uses using green building practices. The rehabilitation began in 2012 with more than 50 percent recycled wood from structures in the nearby neighborhood, including reclaimed oak planks recycled from St. Mary’s University’s baseball park bleachers. These restorations and renovations earned Esperanza a City of San Antonio Green Building Award in 2013 and a 2014 Historic Preservation Award from the San Antonio Conservation Society.