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Near Brackettville in Kinney County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Army Service Club

 
 
Army Service Club Marker image. Click for full size.
By William F Haenn, May 1, 2012
1. Army Service Club Marker
Inscription. Occupying the site of Fort Clark’s first guardhouse, this 1938 structure served as a morale and welfare facility until 1944, when the U.S. Army closed the fort. The building was a recreation center for soldiers, and served as a non-commissioned officers’ club during World War II mobilization. The building has also been a country club and community center. The one-story structure is a rectangular plan frame building with horizontal siding atop a limestone webwall foundation. Banks of casement windows and wood louvered vents originally provided ventilation and light.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2009

 
Erected 2009 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15793.)
 
Location. 29° 18.412′ N, 100° 25.129′ W. Marker is near Brackettville, Texas, in Kinney County. Marker is at the intersection of Fort Clark Road and MacKenzie Road, on the right when traveling south on Fort Clark Road. Click for map. Marker is located on Fort Clark Springs in the Fort Clark National Register Historic District and is accessible to the public. Marker is at or near this postal address: 154 Fort Clark Road, Brackettville TX 78832, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
U.S. Army Service Club, Fort Clark, Texas image. Click for full size.
By William F Haenn, April 20, 2006
2. U.S. Army Service Club, Fort Clark, Texas
of this marker. Fort Clark Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Clark (within shouting distance of this marker); Officers' Club Open Mess (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); New Cavalry Barracks (about 500 feet away); 2nd Cavalry Division at Fort Clark (about 500 feet away); Seminole-Negro Indian Scout Detachment (about 500 feet away); U.S. Army Unit Memorial (about 500 feet away); Juan A. Avila 1921-2008 (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Brackettville.
 
Regarding Army Service Club. [Extracted from the Post Return, vol 2 no. 4, Spring 2009.]

Fort Clark’s Army Service Club building served as a morale and welfare facility for the fort’s garrison from 1938-1944. The building is recognized in the National Register narrative as a compatible structure to the Fort Clark Historic District. This unique special purpose building was a place of rest and relaxation for soldiers of America’s greatest generation.

The Service Club occupies the site of the first post guardhouse, a prominent ridge over-looking Las Moras Creek and the bridge which leads onto the fort. The building was constructed in 1938 by Taini Construction of Del Rio, Texas with Phillip Garoni acting as site supervisor.

The Army Service Club on Fort Clark
Historic view of Fort Clark's Army Service Club image. Click for full size.
circa 1950s
3. Historic view of Fort Clark's Army Service Club
is a classic and enduring example of army frame construction architecture from the late 1930’s with perhaps a one of a kind design to suit the specific location of the building. Today the building is still in use for its original intended purpose as a rest and relaxation facility. The Fort Clark Springs Association makes use of the building for social functions and gatherings. The nostalgic simplicity and look of the building’s shiplap siding and plentiful windows painted in the post color scheme of light gray, ivory cream, and seal brown at once recall not only the quiet time of the pre-war years but also the excitement of the mobilization for World War II.

As a special purpose service support building the Service Club ranks equally with the signal corps building, post hospital, commissary, motor pool, and stables as a crucial post facility performing the unique essential function of providing for soldier morale and welfare. This building may well be one of only a handful of pre-World War II frame service club facilities remaining on any army post in the nation
 
Also see . . .  Friends of the Fort Clark Historic District. Guided tours, presentations and programs, genealogical and archival research assistance ... and much more. (Submitted on August 13, 2013, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas.) 
 
Additional keywords. Army Architecture
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. This page has been viewed 396 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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