Don't be mislead by the word "homestead." This is a Victorian mansion built in 1876 for lumber magnate Edward Steves. It was restored by the San Antonio Conservation Society, to whom it was willed by Steves's granddaughter. Believed to have been built by prominent San Antonio architect Alfred Giles and one of the few houses in the King William Historic District open to the public, it gives a fascinating glimpse into the life of the local upper class in the late 19th century. The 45-minute-long tour is made more entertaining by the wealth of local color and gossip provided by the guides. Tip: You can view this mansion only by tour. The number of docents present at any given day affects the frequency of the tours, and the only set tour time is 3:30pm (the last tour of the day). Don't wait for that one, because you could get bumped if too many visitors show up. Instead, call ahead the day you wish to visit and make an informal arrangement with the staff.