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Comal County Courthouse

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1898, J. Riely Gordon. Seguin Ave. at San Antonio St.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

One of the last of Gordon's celebrated Romanesque Revival central-plan courthouses, this one is unusually austere, with only the polished granite columns of the entrance porches relieving the rock-faced limestone walls. With its slightly tapered tower, the courthouse has a twin, although in brick, in Lee County ( PF19). In the course of choosing an architect, the county commissioners were instructed by Gordon to visit his Gonzales County courthouse ( SF5) and his Bexar County courthouse ( SA44) in order to view his work firsthand, a bold yet successful move on his part. The courthouse was rehabilitated in 2011 by Volz and Associates with funds from the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Comal County Courthouse", [New Braunfels, 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, 201-202.

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