Comal County Courthouse, New Braunfels
New Braunfels founded in 1845 on Comal River by German settlers led by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels is now the seat of the Comal County.
Built in 1898 and designed by architect J. Riely Gordon, the courthouse is an excellent example of Romanesque Revival design. Its plan is based upon the Greek cross.
New Braunfels is a decent sized, fast growing town of about 58,000 (up 60% since 2000) that was established in 1845 by German settlers led by Prince Carl of Solm-Braunfels on the banks of the Comal and Guadalupe River. It retains a German flavor today. New Braunfels was named after the city of Braunfels in Germany but the two cities did not become sister cities until 2010. New Braunfels is the county seat of Comal County which is Spanish for “flat dish”; and part of the town is in Guadalupe County. The second Comal County Courthouse was designed by James Riely Gordon using the Romanesque Revival style of architecture, and was completed in 1898. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and was undergoing renovation when I was there. There is also a newer courthouse (photo 2). Photo 3 is the City Hall.