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Kendall County

Kendall County is named for George Wilkins Kendall, who was an early journalist and sheep rancher.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Gillespie County and Blanco County

E – Comal County

S – Bexar County and Bandera County

W – Kerr County 

 

Created:  January 10, 1862                    Map of Texas highlighting Kendall County

County Seat: 

Boerne  1862 – present

 

County Courthouse – Boerne  

 

Location:  201 East San Antonio Street / South Saunders Street

Built:  1998 – 1999

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Rehler, Vaughan & Koone Inc. of San Antonio

Contractor:  Browning Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story cream colored limestone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Boerne. The north front has a projecting center section with arched entrances on the first story and rises to the roof. The south part of the building extends outwards. Horizontal bands of polished limestone runs along the building. The roof is grey metal. In the interior, the courtroom is located on the second Story. The building houses the State District Court, Constitutional County Court and County Court at Law.

 

Old County Courthouse – Boerne  

 

 

Location:  204 East San Antonio Street / Watt Street

Built:  1869 – 1871

Style:  Italianate

Architect:  Philip Zoeller

Contractor:  J F Stendebach

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story limestone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Boerne on the north side of the present courthouse. The south front has three central arches with recessed entrance. There is a balcony on the second story. The corners are hexagonal. In the interior, wooden stairs ascend to the courtroom located on the second story. The building houses the County Justice Court. In 1886, the second story was constructed. The architect was Charles Buckel and the contractor was Oches & Walsh. The building was expanded in 1909. The architect was Alfred Gillis and the contractor was E H Clemens. The building was restored in 2009 to 2010. The architect was Wagner & Klein of Fredericksburg and the contractor was M J Boyle of San Antonio. On the north side is the old limestone jail built in 1884.

 

Note:  In 1869, the bid for masonry was $1787.40 by J F Stendebach and carpentry was $1495,00 by J V Phillip. Philip Zoeller supervised construction.

 

See: The architect, Alfred Giles of San Antonio also desitgned the courthouses in Brooks County, Caldwell CountyGillespie County* Goliad County, Live Oak CountyPresidio CountyWebb County and Wilson County    * Giles worked with Henry M Guidon and the Caldwell and Goliad courthouse are similar in design. **Kendall couthouse 1909 addition.

 

Note:  The courthouse is the second oldest courthouse in Texas which is still in use. The oldest courthouse is located in Cass County (1861) and the third oldest courthouse is located in Lampasas County (1883).

 

History: The county was created in 1862 and Boerne was selected as the county seat. The ciounty used rented premises and the first courthouse was built in 1869 to 1870. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1998 to 1999.

 

 

County Courthouse – Boerne 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old County Courthouse – Boerne 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old County Jail – Boerne 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2009 and 2017