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Landa Library
233  Bushnell
San Antonio, TX 78212
 210.207.9090

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Kiyanna Stephens
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Landa Library

Hannah Landa Memorial Library

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Landa Branch Library Temporarily Closed for Restoration and Renovation

The Landa branch will be closed starting Monday, June 5, 2017.

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At a Glance

Collections & Services

45,307 volumes, including a popular book collection, general reference materials, videos, DVDs, music CDs, and audiobooks. View a list of our periodical holdings.

Collection strengths: Popular adult fiction, health, finance, business, cookbooks, gardening, parenting, children's popular collection

Community

Alamo Heights and Olmos Park. Located in the Monte Vista Historical District, near San Antonio Zoo, Trinity University, Witte Museum, Brackenridge Park. Located in U.S. Congressional District 21, TX State Congressional District 123, TX State Senate District 26, City Council District 1. 

The Monte Vista Historical Association office is located on the grounds of the Landa Branch Library. The Monte Vista Historical Association can be reached at 210.737.8212

History

The Hannah Landa Memorial Library was given as a gift to the City of San Antonio in 1946 by Harry Landa.

The Hannah Landa Memorial Branch Library, located in the Monte Vista Historical District, is named for Hannah Mansfeld Landa, beloved wife of Harry Landa. The Landa Branch Library was the private residence of Harry and Hannah Landa from 1929 to 1946. Hannah Mansfeld was a native of Tucson, Arizona and met Harry Landa while visiting friends in San Antonio. By chance, they both were staying at the St. Anthony Hotel and soon romance was in the air. Harry and Hannah were married March 17, 1913 in Tucson, Arizona. For many years they made their home in New Braunfels. In 1928 construction of their new Italian home began, and in 1929, the Landas moved to 233 Bushnell, San Antonio, Texas.

The two-story home was built of stucco, stone-tile and other permanent materials. While the house was being built, Mrs. Landa worked closely with Ernest B. Hays who designed the home. Gramer's Iron Works crafted the ornamental iron works used in the home. Robert B. Kelly of the Kellwood Company was the architect and C.D. Carlisle was the contractor.

The Landas selected furnishings for the home with great care. Many items were purchased while traveling in Europe. The carved marble mantel, chairs, and ornamental urns were purchased in Rome. The crystal chandelier that hung in the parlor was bought in Venice. They also acquired many paintings throughout Europe which hung in the art gallery of their home.

Hannah's beauty, grace, and charm brought her a prominent place as one of the outstanding social and civic leaders in San Antonio, universally beloved and respected. Hannah Mansfeld Landa died on October 28, 1942. Four years later, Harry bequeathed his home and the grounds to the City of San Antonio to be used as a free public library and a children's playground. The library would be called the Hannah Landa Memorial Branch Library and would be a “living memorial to his beloved Hannah,” with whom he had shared his life for 30 years. By 1947, the home had been transformed into its role as a free public library. Appropriate book shelves were erected out of the same materials Gramer's Iron Works had used for the ornamental iron in the home, and suitable library furniture was purchased. The grand opening of the new Library was on April 1, 1947.

The Library closed for renovation on February 21, 1996 and reopened on September 5, 1997. The cost for the Library renovation was $623,060. Funds were authorized in the 1989 bond issue for library expansions, renovations, new branches, and literacy centers. The renovation included the installation of an elevator, new carpet and paint throughout the building.

In 2007 the Library closed a second time for restoration of the 5-acre grounds by the Landa Gardens Conservancy. Some interior renovation and roof replacement was also completed at this time. The project was completed in April 2008 after an 11 month closure. The Landa Gardens Conservancy can be contacted at 210.824.7799.

The Monte Vista Historical Association office is located on the grounds of the Landa Branch Library. Messages can be left at 210.737.8212.

  • Architect: Robert B. Kelly of Kellwood Co.
  • Contractor: C.D. Carlisle
  • Square footage: 5,252 square feet

Directions

  • Via IH 10: Exit Hildebrand Ave. East on Hildebrand to McCullough Ave. South on McCullough to Bushnell. East on Bushnell for two blocks. Library is on left side of road.
  • Via US 281: Exit Mulberry. West on Mulberry to Shook Ave. Right on Shook, .3 miles to Bushnell Ave. Left on Bushnell. Library is on the right.

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