Discover San Antonio’s historic Dignowity Hill neighborhood – mySA

Dignowity Hill is a historic Eastside neighborhood with a rich legacy in San Antonio. Despite its central location just blocks from downtown, Dignowity Hill was originally designed to be San Antonio’s first “exclusive residential suburb,” according to the City of San Antonio. 

Today, Dignowity Hill is roughly bound by I-35 to the north, I-37 to the west, Commerce Street to the south and New Braunfels Street on the west, though the historic district is smaller. Dignowity Hill also feeds into the San Antonio Independent School District, the oldest district in the city, and has two dedicated parks: Dignowity and Lockwood. 

Dignowity Hill has a mixture of architectural styles

Founded in the mid-1850s by a Czech immigrant named Dr. Anthony Michael Dignowity, the neighborhood was anchored by Dignowity’s homestead known as Harmony House. Though the home was demolished in 1925, the property became what is now known as Dignowity Park, a green space offering views of San Antonio’s downtown skyline. Today, the streets are lined with a mix of Folk Victorian, early 20th century craftsmen and new builds, the result of the neighborhood’s swift gentrification over the past decade.

Guide to Dignowity Hill



Guests had the chance to sample from more than 400 beers and 125 breweries at the 13th annual San Antonio Beer Festival on Oct. 20, 2021, at Dignowity Park.

Guests had the chance to sample from more than 400 beers and 125 breweries at the 13th annual San Antonio Beer Festival on Oct. 20, 2021, at Dignowity Park.

Stacey Lovett, MySA.com

Dignowity Hill has a reflective legacy

As San Antonio industry has changed over the last two centuries, those changes have been reflected in Dignowity Hill. As industrial development moved into the area in the early 1900s, including construction of an iron works factory and train and trolley lines, the neighborhood underwent its own socio-economic and demographic changes. Construction of the I-35 and I-37 highways in the 20th century essentially cut the neighborhood off from downtown, mirroring the urban blight that happened in cities across the U.S. in the 1950s and ‘60s.

What to see and do in Dignowity Hill

Dignowity Hill’s proximity to just about everything has made it a destination for hip homebuyers and restaurateurs alike. Foodies will find much to love in this part of the Alamo City, with standouts including wine bar/restaurant Scorpion Cafe y Cantina, American bistro The Magpie, sandwich shop Dignowity Meats and taquerias Con Huevos Tacos and J & I Cafe. 

Make a stop at Pastiche, a local bar from Jet-Setter owner Benjamin Krick.

Make a stop at Pastiche, a local bar from Jet-Setter owner Benjamin Krick.

Paul Stephen / Staff

The sun doesn’t set on the fun in Dignowity Hill, with its host of cocktail bars, beer gardens, dives bars and music venues. Grab an Ethereal (absinthe, bergamot) at Pastiche, head over to Tucker’s Kozy Korner for a jazz set, or visit the enjoy a Cuba Libra at La Ruina. Or make it a casual evening out with stops at Alamo Beer Company and Burleson Yard Beer Garden

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