In 1946, Harry Landa donated his home – the property located at the corner of Bushnell and Shook Avenues – to the City of San Antonio as a memorial to his wife, Hannah. The house was to be used a public library and the grounds as a playground for children and public area for the community. Located in the heart of Monte Vista, the Landa Library has five acres of grounds surrounding the Mediterranean style home.
In 1994, a group of neighbors, organized under the name of Landa Library Alliance, began raising money to build the playground Mr. Landa envisioned. Four years later, the Alliance successfully completed a $70,000 campaign and constructed the playground, fulfilling Mr. Landa’s dream.
In 2001, the Monte Vista Historical Association, in conjunction with the Landa Library Alliance, formed the Landa Gardens Committee. Working in partnership with the City of San Antonio and the San Antonio Public Library Board, the Landa Gardens Committee created a master plan for Landa Gardens. On August 13, 2004, Landa Gardens Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was formed to raise the funds necessary to implement the plan and establish an endowment for perpetual maintenance of the grounds. More than $1.5 million was raised by the end of 2007.
On May 1, 2008 Landa Gardens Conservancy celebrated the grand opening of the Gardens. The grounds include the Valero Pavilion, a concrete sculpture designed and created by nationally renowned artist Carlos Cortés. The pavilion can accommodate a concert, can be used as a stage for children’s theater, story hour or puppet show, even a wedding or birthday party. The Gardens include beautiful landscaping, walking paths, benches, playground improvements, more than 7,000 new plants and a community garden.
It is the hope of Landa Gardens Conservancy that the entire community uses and enjoys Landa Gardens.
The Texas Library Association has awarded the Landa Gardens Conservancy with the 2009 Benefactor Award. This prestigious award recognizes substantial donations such as land, buildings, stocks, cash and collections by individuals, institutions and foundations to libraries.
The Landa Gardens Conservancy was honored as a Library Champion by the San Antonio Public Library on June 22, 2008.
The Landa Gardens Conservancy was honored by Respite Care of San Antonio on March 22, 2007 at its fifth anniversary of “A Celebration of Love and Children” dinner.
Lynn A. Boyd, III
Mark A. Garcia
Immediate Past President
Board of Directors
Heather de Rojas
Ann Van Pelt
Julie Van Zandt
San Antonio Public Library Liaison
& Branch Manager Landa Library
Library is no longer just for readers
By Sarah Mills | MySA | Sunday, June 17, 2012
Children run and play outside the Landa Branch Library, but no one shoos them inside and tells them to use their inside voices. College students lounge under trees, but no one runs them off. Families picnic in the shade of a pavilion, but no one tells them to keep off the grass. For eight years, the Landa Gardens Conservancy, a nonprofit volunteer organization, has been working to make the library more than just a place to check out books.