Comal County Courthouse

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Comal County Courthouse
Comal courthouse.jpg
Comal County Courthouse is located in Texas
Comal County Courthouse
Comal County Courthouse
Comal County Courthouse is located in the US
Comal County Courthouse
Comal County Courthouse
Location 150 N Seguin
New Braunfels, Texas
Coordinates 29°42′12″N 98°7′29″W / 29.70333°N 98.12472°W / 29.70333; -98.12472Coordinates: 29°42′12″N 98°7′29″W / 29.70333°N 98.12472°W / 29.70333; -98.12472
Built 1899
Architect James Riely Gordon
Architectural style Romanesque Revival
NRHP reference # 76002017[1]
RTHL # 987
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 12, 1976
Designated RTHL 1993

The Comal County Courthouse is located in New Braunfels in the U.S. state of Texas. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in Comal County, Texas in 1976 and designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1993.[2]

Comal County has had two courthouses, the first was designed by Wilhelm Thielepape and completed circa 1860, but had deteriorated in condition by the late 1890s.[3] The current Romanesque Revival style courthouse was designed by James Riely Gordon and completed in 1898 by contractors Fischer and Lamie. Gordon, along with another San Antonio architect Albert Felix Beckmann,[4] submitted bids to replace the courthouse designed by Thielepape. In addition to reviewing the bids, the county commissioners traveled to Gonzales to assess the architectural quality of the Gonzales County Courthouse, a work designed by Gordon and completed in 1896.[5]

Although the current structure has been somewhat modernized, and the original roof replaced, the basic structure remains the same, at the entrance, the original wood door has been replaced by a modernized glass and aluminum door. The exterior is of native limestone, and the southwest main two-story circular entrance balcony is supported by pink granite columns, the rear entrances have three-story quarter-circular bays. The ironwork on the interior centralized open stairway is the original. Atop the three-story building is a corniced stone tower.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "THC-RTHL". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Thielepape". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Albert Felix Beckmann". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "NRHP Comal County". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "TE-Comal Courthouse". Blueprints For Travel, LLC. Retrieved 6 September 2011.