Amazing Exhibit of Steves Family Fiesta Coronation Dresses, Trains and King Antonio Attire
The San Antonio Conservation Society will feature an amazing exhibit in its Steves Homestead house museum of Fiesta Coronation gowns and trains worn by the great granddaughters of Edward and Johanna Steves (the original occupants of the Steves Homestead), as well as King Antonio attire worn by a great grandson.
The exhibit, which will open April 10 and run through May 15, 2018, will be included free with regular price of self-guided admission (Adults-$10; Seniors 65+, active military, students-$7.50; children under 12 when accompanied by adult-free; Conservation Society members- free). Guided tours by trained docents are $15 for adults; $12.50 for Seniors 65+, active military and students.
The Steves Homestead was built in 1876 by Edward Steves, a successful San Antonio businessman since 1866. He and his wife Johanna were civic-minded residents who assumed leadership roles in the city and were members of various German societies such as the Turnverein, the Casino Club and the San Antonio Club.
Through the decades, Steves family members have served on various boards of directors and taken leadership roles in the Order of the Alamo, Fiesta Commission and the Texas Cavaliers.
The Order of The Alamo sponsors the Coronation during Fiesta Week in April every year where a queen, princess and 24 duchesses are presented. King Antonio, elected by the Texas Cavaliers, is a long-running Fiesta tradition since 1927 to distribute charitable funds and deliver a positive message to school children. The first Coronation royalty from the Steves family was Edna Steves in 1920 as Queen of the Court of Birds.
The following Coronation attire will be displayed at the Steves Homestead exhibit:
- In the formal Sunday parlor: gown and train of Gloria Galt Steves, daughter of Nancy and Edward Steves (when Edward served as President of the Fiesta Commission in 2004). Gloria reigned over the 2004 Coronation as Queen of the Court of the Lion and Dragon.
- In Edward Steves home office: attire worn by his great grandson Sam Bell Steves, who was the Cavaliers’ King Antonio LXXXII in 2004.
- In Ernest’s bedroom: gown and train of the daughter of Sarah and Sam Bell Steves, Lida Wilhelmina Emilia Steves, who ruled over Fiesta in 2015 as Queen of the Court of Captivating Islands.
- In hallway: gown of Sarah and Sam Bell Steves’ daughter Sarah Elizabeth Steves, Duchess of the Wonders of Xanadu in the 2004 Court of the Lion and Dragon, as well as coronation dress worn by a page.
- Johanna Steves’ bedroom: gown and train of Jane and Marshall Steves’ daughter Lissa Galt Steves, Duchess of Valiant Patriotism in the 1999 Court of the Glorious Quest.
STEVES FAMILY HISTORY IN CORONATION: An 1886 San Antonio Mardi Gras celebration featured Edward Steves as Prime Minister of the Court of Prince Carnival while Johanna was a Lady of the Court, and son Ernest played the role of a visiting Turk. In 2004, fourth generation descendant Edward Steves was President of the Fiesta Commission while his brother Sam Steves reigned as King Antonio for the Cavaliers.
MORE ON STEVES HOMESTEAD: This elegant three-story mansion, located in the King William Historic District on the east bank of the San Antonio River, was built in 1876 for Edward Steves, founder of the Steves Lumber Company. Alfred Giles, prominent San Antonio architect, is thought to be the designer of the ashlar limestone structure which features a concave mansard roof with decorative iron cresting and exhibits characteristic of the French Second Empire and the Italian Villa styles. In 1952, the property was donated to the San Antonio Conservation Society by Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Vaughan in memory of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Steves, and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Steves. The Steves Homestead has been owned and maintained by the Conservation Society since 1954 as a historic house museum.