A Sampling of San Antonio’s Eastside

Fatty's Burgers

San Antonio’s Eastside area near downtown is home to grand old houses, colorful restaurants, parks and historic cemetaries.  The following pictures are from several weekend drives around the area.  A bicycle ride through the area is described on the Wheely Wonka blog

We stopped at Fatty’s Burgers on East Commerce on a sunny Saturday afternoon due to the excellent reviews the restaurant received on the San Antonio Burger Blog.  The restaurant was easy to find near the Commerce Street exit off Hwy 281.  The restaurant staff were very friendly.  The burgers tasted good and were reasonably priced.  Football was playing on several TVs and the large dining room seemed conducive to watching sports and relaxing with friends. 

Friedrich Refrigeration

Directly across the street from Fatty’s is the two-block complex that formerly housed the Friedrich Refrigeration Company.  The complex consists of multiple buildings built between 1923 and 1955.  The development was recently mentioned in a Cary Clack column as a possible new headquarters for the San Antonio Independent School District. 

Friedrich house at 805 Nolan

Edward Friedrich, founder of the refrigeration company, constructed a large Queen Anne style house less than a mile from the factory overlooking Dignowity Park.  The house has been restored and is currently for sale.   

Elmendorf house

Another distinctive house in the Dignowity Hill area is the Emil Elmendorf house at 509 Burleson.  The 1884 raised-cottage house has elements of Victorian and Greek Revival style.  The house was designed by prominent architect Alfred Giles.   The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

New trees planted at Dignowity Park

Dignowity Park was the focus of a volunteer beautification effort in September when Texas Public Radio (TPR)  commemorated National Public Lands Day by planting drought-resistant vegetation in the park.  TPR partnered with San Antonio Credit Union,  San Antonio Water System, and San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department.  

St. John's Lutheran Cemetary

The Cemetary District is another interesting part of the historic Eastside area.  Between 1853 and 1904 a total of 31 cemetaries on 103 acres were developed.  Familiar-sounding surnames of people buried here include Guenther, Steves, Menger, Gunter, Witte, Driscoll and Maverick. 

Constructing entrance to the 13th Floor Haunted House on E. Commerce
House facing Dignowity Park

Tree of Life sculpture in Dignowity Park

House facing Dignowity Park

House near Dignowity Park

Emil Elmendorf grave

Childress Memorial Church, built 1908

Myra Davis Hemmings Resource Center

3 responses to “A Sampling of San Antonio’s Eastside

  1. Found your blog very interesting. It highlights hidden San Antonio, as does my publicart page. There is tons to see in SA if one opens his or her mind and eyes.

    Could you link my site to yours? And I’ll return the favor.


    • I love your blog. I hadn’t found it before so thanks for commenting. I’ll add your site to my links. Thanks.

  2. Link from Warren Lieberman. Didn’t know I needed to add my web URL.

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