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When sustainability was a lifestyle, not a goal.

The Montalvo House

In Our Own Words

Our Mission Statement

The Montalvo House is a Texas Domestic nonprofit corporation that was awarded 501(c)(3) status on August 6, 2010.  It’s mission statement is to restore, conserve, maintain and manage a recorded Texas Historic Landmark known as the Montalvo house (Texas Historic Marker Number 3440) and all of its associated property located in Brackettville, Kinney County, Texas.   

The Montalvo House was formed exclusively for education purposes.  As such, our entire restoration project and associated community outreach events shall all be tailored to teaching sustainable living practices in the modern world, using living history as an example of successful living practices.  

History And The Future

Yldefonso Montalvo (1855-1941) built the dwelling about 1887. He was the educated son of an English mother and a Mexican father. He and his wife Guadalupe and their nine children lived in the home.  The building was awarded the distinction as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1979, and was given Texas Historic Marker 3440, which it bears today.

130 years ago, the property where the home is located used to be home to gardens full of edible plants and orchards.  There was a barn and numerous farm animals.  The property also hosts a hand-built rock well, which is still in existence today as a viable well.  

It is the intent of The Montalvo House nonprofit organization to restore both the building and land as a community project to illustrate not only the history of Southwest Texas architecture, but also to illustrate and teach how it was possible for our ancestors to achieve sustainable living in hopes that we may teach our current youth and visitors how to achieve equitable sustainability in the present.

We plan to incorporate modern technologies into our restoration, such as rooftop rainwater collection systems, landscape rainwater collection planning, and solar/wind energy systems as examples of sustainable, practical options.

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