The Spanish Governor's House is now a National Historic Landmark and one of the oldest residential buildings in Texas. It's also a beautiful and rare example of the relatively luxurious lifestyles of the elite classes of the 18th-century Spanish colonial era. Saved by forward-thinking preservationists, the house and its fountain-centered cobblestoned patio are now a museum operated by the city of San Antonio. Inside, period rooms and interpretive furnishings put the Presidio era into personal context. Outside, the doors' wood carvings (done in period style in the 1930s by master Swiss woodcarver Peter Mansbendel) tell the story of the Spanish conquistadores who founded the city.