Henry John Steinbomer, architect and preservationist, son of Henry J. and Julia L. Steinbomer and descendant of pioneer families, was born in San Antonio on December 11, 1902. His studies in architecture at the University of Texas were followed by an internship with a New York City firm. In 1928 he established his practice in San Antonio, where, in addition to commercial and residential design, he became active in early preservation projects. Steinbomer married Dorothy H. Hovell of San Antonio in 1933; they had three children. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Texas Society of Architects, the Church Architectural Guild of America, the San Antonio Conservation Society, and the San Antonio Art League. He was a long-time chairman of the Zoning Board of Adjustment of San Antonio. He cofounded the Historic Buildings Foundation, which restored a number of early buildings before merging with the San Antonio Conservation Society. In the early 1930s he was one of the Texas architects involved in the federal Historic Buildings Survey. Subsequently, he restored early houses in New Braunfels and Castroville and the José Francisco Ruiz house in San Antonio and participated in restoration of the John Twohig and José Antonio Navarro houses in San Antonio. Steinbomer, an Episcopalian, designed more than 100 churches across Texas, several of them winners of national awards. Examples of his work are the Church of the Good Shepherd and Methodist Student Center, Austin; St. Bartholomew's Episcopal and Parkdale Baptist in Corpus Christi; First Avenue Lutheran, Galveston; St. Paul Lutheran and First Methodist, McAllen; First Presbyterian, Midland; Sacred Heart Cathedral and St. Mark's Presbyterian, San Angelo; St. Luke's Episcopal, Jefferson Methodist, and Central Christian in San Antonio; the chapel of Texas Lutheran College, Seguin; and Trinity Lutheran, Victoria. Steinbomer initiated the Index of Historic San Antonio Buildings for the San Antonio Conservation Society and was at work on this project when he died, on July 10, 1964, in San Antonio.
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Charles W. Ramsdell, San Antonio: A Historical and Pictorial Guide (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1959). San Antonio Express, July 11, 1964. Who's Who in the South and Southwest, Vol. 2.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
Dorothy Steinbomer Kendall,
“Steinbomer, Henry John,”
Handbook of Texas Online,
accessed August 19, 2022,
Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Original Publication Date:
July 1, 1995