The Bonner House was built in 1910 by noted Architect
Atlee B. Ayers for the Bonner Family. The family moved to San Antonio
from Louisiana after the death of Dr. Bonner, who had amassed a
comfortable fortune in cotton farming. Mrs. Bonner with her three
children; Mary, Emma and William, loved the ambience of San Antonio
and wished to make it their permanent home.
The home was patterned after an Italian Villa built in the early
1600's and made history when it was completed in 1910. Mr. Ayers
established a construction precedent by building this home of concrete
reinforced with steel and clad in stucco. It is believed that Mary
Bonner was instrumental in incorporating much of the delightful
Italian flavor to the home including the use of Italian tiles, fireplaces
and fixtures throughout.
Mary Bonner became internationally known for her innovations
in printmaking and her own charming Texas motif sketches. She spent
a good deal of her adult life in Paris, but returned to San Antonio
where she was active in promoting the arts until her premature death
at the age of 48 in 1935. Today, many of Mary Bonner's prints are
seen throughout the home as well as works of other artists.
Here is a photo of Mary Bonner with her teacher, Edouard Leon,
taken in Paris about 1930. Etchings by both Bonner and Leon
adorn the rooms.
Emma Bonner lived in the home until her death in 1951 at which
time the home was purchased by the Groos banking family. Mrs. Groos
lived in the home until her death in 1981.
Jacqueline Tapp of Houston, Texas subsequently purchased the home
and totally renovated the property. This included the addition of
a large in-ground swimming pool, restoration of the quarter-sawn
oak woodwork to it's original state, upgrading the gardens and modernization
of the kitchen facilities. She received an award from the historical
society for the restoration work and then planned an open house
for her friends so they could share in her enjoyment of the home.
Unfortunately, Jacqueline passed away on the eve of her open house
at the young age of 48.
Here is a photo of Jacqueline Tapp taken the night of her death
(the night she was honored for the restoration of the Bonner/Groos
Thereafter, the home remained vacant for several years. In 1988,
Teresa Greer purchased the home. Her intention to run a bed and
breakfast required the addition of two bathrooms. She opened the
Bonner Garden Bed & Breakfast in 1989. The Bed & Breakfast
has received excellent recognition during the ensuing years including
articles in America's Most Wonderful Little Hotels and Inns, and
has been featured in Country Inns magazine. Teresa went on to renovate
The Havana Inn in downtown San Antonio after selling the Bonner
The previous owners, Jan & Noel Stenoien, purchased the
Bonner Garden in 1993 as a joint undertaking with their son Randall.
Extensive renovations were made to the property including adequate
off-street parking, central heat & air, improvements to the
roof-top patio, re-plumbing, and countless maintenance upgrades.
The current innkeepers, Margi & Jim Herbold, purchased the
property at the beginning of 2004. They have continued the redecorating and renovation.
The Inn is inspected annually by AAA and maintains a 3 diamond rating.
With many years of experience in the hospitality industry, Margi and Jim present a warm and
welcoming atmosphere for guests.
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