The Faust Hotel is a remarkable survival, a major hotel building in a Texas county seat. Constructed to lure tourists to New Braunfels, the hotel operated successfully through the Great Depression and World War II, when it was popular with military personnel from Randolph Air Force base in nearby San Antonio. It is important as an example of a new building by Smith, who was best known for his early work on restoring such historic structures as the Spanish Governor's Palace ( SA47). The four-story hotel is faced with tawny brick, highlighted by cast-concrete panels of Spanish Baroque ornament. The hotel lobby occupies most of the ground floor, featuring a polychrome tile floor laid to resemble carpeting and a series of elaborate ceiling fans, a reminder of the fact that the hotel predated air-conditioning. The hotel reopened in the 1980s, providing visitors to the area with an alternative to the usual chain motels.
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