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Heinrich Bierschwale House

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1872–1873. 209 W. Austin St.

The construction of this limestone house is particularly well documented, thanks to the survival of the ledger kept by Bierschwale's descendants. According to the book, work began in May 1872 with payments for rock and digging, and ended in March 1873 with a final payment for carpentry. Heinrich Bierschwale was a teacher and a justice of the peace in the early 1850s, and apparently lived some distance from town, deciding to relocate after one of his neighbors was killed by Native Americans.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Heinrich Bierschwale House", [Fredericksburg, 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, 214-214.

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