You are here

Office Building (Menger Soap Works)

-A A +A
Menger Soap Works
1850; 1970 restoration and adaptation, Robert Calaway. W. Martin St. at Cameron St.

Constructed by Jonah Nicholas Menger to house his soap manufacturing business, this simple yet monumental limestone structure may be the oldest industrial building extant in Texas. The soap works occupied both the basement and the main floor of the structure. The Menger family continued to operate the works until about 1914, producing soap with such catchy names as Alamo Queen and Katy Flyer. It now serves as offices for the apartment complex erected behind it.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


What's Nearby


Gerald Moorhead et al., "Office Building (Menger Soap Works)", [San Antonio, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 158-159.

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.