Engelman-Muench House


415 6th StREET

This vernacular plastered limestone house with its low gabled roof and wide porch is typical of cottages once prevalent through the city and in this neighborhood, which included a wide variety of residential vernacular architecture from the last half of the nineteenth century. The neighborhood once encompassed some twenty city blocks and was know as the Irish Flat. Settled by Irish immigrants, many of whom worked for the Army, the area is often misidentified as the Irish Flats, confusing the original identification of the neighborhood’s flat land with an alternate word for apartments. The Engleman-Muench House was owned by the neighboring Thiele family for many years. The two houses are jointly listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Thiele House and Cottage.  The Engleman-Muench House was renovated as offices in 1978 by Breig and Bratton.

‘San Antonio Architecture, Traditions and Visions’, AIA San Antonio, 2007