Building #538: Office

3250 Sidney Brooks StSan Antonio, TX, 78235

Building 538, the original School of Aviation Medicine (SAM), was the first permanent structure to be erected at historic Brooks Field, and serves as a visual reminder of San Antonio’s role in the development of aerospace medicine.

Situated near the main gate on the east side of Sidney Brooks (formerly the North Road), Building 538 is located near the heart of the historic base. It was erected in 1927 to house the newly relocated School of Aviation Medicine from Mitchell Field, New York. After SAM’s departure from Brooks Field in 1931, Building 538 has served as headquarters for the Army Air Forces Advanced Flying School (Observation), and later, as an administration building, a reference library, a hospital, and a museum. Presently used as headquarters for the Mission Support Group, Building 538 survives as a direct and tangible link to the history of aviation medicine and its important contributions to flight.

The unique historical significance is not only special, but the design is appealing too. Generally, the building has good bones but needs updating to it’s systems and finishes. It could also need some modifications to the structure depending on the proposed tenant’s programmatic and spatial needs like opening up walls to create bigger spaces vs. smaller spaces. Some of these updates include updated Toilet Rooms (need to meet ADA), fire egress stairs, Mechanical Heating and Ventilation systems, IECC requirements to the building’s lighting and envelope (insulation). An elevator is currently not added. There are exterior considerations as well. Some of these are affected by the need to update the fire egress from the second floor (mentioned above) but new windows and some light landscaping would be ideal. We have been told the building may qualify for Historical Tax Credit. Please call for additional information.


  • Property is less than 20 minutes to the San Antonio International Airport
  • Easily accessible to VIA Brooks Transit Center
  • Nearby a variety of dining and retail options
  • 43-acre Greenline park with public Wi-Fi access
  • Close to I-37, Loop 410 & SE Military Drive
3250 Sidney Brooks St San Antonio, TX, 78235

Price: Upon Request
Sale Type: Investment or Owner User
Sale Conditions: Redevelopment Project
Property Type: Office
Property Sub-type: Medical
Building Class: C
Rentable Building Area: 6,217 SF
Lot Size: 1.94 AC
No. Stories: 2
Year Built: 1920
Zoning Description: C3
Tenancy: Single

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