Villa Finale: Museum & Gardens is an Italianate mansion in the King William Historic District in San Antonio, Texas. It was constructed by four separate owners between 1876 and 1904 and purchased in 1967 by philanthropist and civic leader Walter Nold Mathis who restored it to an elegant single family residence from the rooming house it had become during World War I and since the early 1930’s. After completing the restoration of Villa Finale, Mathis went on to purchase 13 additional houses in the neighborhood, for conservation and sale to preservation-minded individuals.
The beautiful home and gardens are enhanced by the extensive collections of Mathis, which include over 12,500 distinctive examples of decorative arts and furniture. These include 19th & 20th century antiques, silver, ceramics, fine art, books and Napoleona. Prior to Mathis’ death in December of 2005, he bequeathed his entire estate to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2004. Open to the public since October 2010, Villa Finale is the first and only historic site in Texas owned and operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.