Pedro "El Maestro" Huízar

San Jose Mission Image

 Pedro (Guízar) Huízar served as a surveyor, master craftsman, and later, a judge during the Spanish Colonial Era.

In early census documents, he was described as a mulattocarpenter, and sculptor.

Huízar was commissioned several times to conduct land surveys for missions in New Spain in the late 1700s.

His craftsmanship of the Rose Window and façade of the San José Mission are well-regarded for their detail and beauty.

References

Rebecca H. Green, rev. by Rudy H. Gonzales, “Huizar, Pedro,” Handbook of Texas Online.
https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/huizar-pedro.

Jesús F. de la Teja, “Blacks in Colonial Spanish Texas,” Handbook of Texas Online.
https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/blacks-in-colonial-spanish-texas.