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A key player in Texas's transition from Spanish territory to American state, José Antonio Navarro participated in several legislatures and assemblies. He was a signer of the 1836 Texas Declaration of Independence, one of only two native Texans to do so. He also participated in the convention that ratified the annexation of Texas to the United States in 1845. He made his living as a merchant and landholder and bought this property in the 1830s, but didn't make it his residence until the 1850s. The three buildings you see were all probably built then. The single-story main house with attic (to which additions were later constructed) is typical of San Antonio houses of the period. The two-story stone building served as a store and office and was built a few years later. The simplest of the three, made of adobe and limestone, may have existed earlier. It was converted to a kitchen, and an extra room was later added. The house doesn't get many visitors, and the staff are only too happy to point out the most interesting features of the site and provide historical context to what you are seeing.