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1891, James Wahrenberger. 411 Bonham St.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

The social hall was the meeting place of the German immigrant community, the Society of Turners, who were dedicated to athletic activity. The hall originally served as a setting for lectures, dances, and gymnastics. Wahrenberger's design of red brick with contrasting cream-colored limestone and painted metal cornices is almost overwrought, but that is its charm, as is the giant order of columns on the second and third floors above the entrance. In spite of its current use as a nightclub, the grand double-height ballroom on the second floor has survived intact and accommodates live bands just as well as it did orchestras originally.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Turnverein", [San Antonio, 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, 149-149.

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