Comfort in Kendall County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
August Faltin Building
Prussian native Friedrich August Faltin (1830-1905) moved to Comfort in 1856 and purchased the general merchandise business of Theodor Goldbeck, located at this site.Trained in his father's store, which had been established about 1818 in Danzig, Prussia, now Gdansk, Poland, Faltin became a leading merchant of the Texas Hill Country. In addition, his 1869 partnership with Capt. Charles Schreiner of Kerrville became the nucleus of the vast Schreiner Enterprises.
By the late 1870s Faltin's business, which included Banking and Post Office services, had outgrown the structure at this site and he had architect Alfred Giles of San Antonio design a new building. Constructed by the noted builder J. H. Kampmann, the victorian Italian edifice was completed in 1879.
Later run by Faltin's sons Richard and August S. , the business was sold in 1907 to their brother-in law Dan Holekamp and his sons Otto and Edgar. That same year an addition to the building was completed. Also designed by Giles, it included second floor space for meetings of fraternal and civic groups. In 1968 the property was sold back to the Faltin family.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1982
This property has been placed on the
National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of Interior
Erected 1982 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 237.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1856.
Location. 29° 57.953′ N, 98° 54.548′ W. Marker is in Comfort, Texas, in Kendall County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and 7th Street, on the left when traveling east on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Comfort TX 78013, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Arno Schwethelm Building (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1907 Comfort State Bank Building (about 600 feet away); Ingenhuett-Faust Hotel (about 600 feet away); Karger Building (about 700 feet away); Ingenhuett-Karger Saloon (about 700 feet away); Otto Brinkmann House (about 700 feet away); The Founding Freethinkers (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Gass Schmiede (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Comfort.
Also see . . .
1. Alfred Giles - Architect. (Submitted on October 3, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
2. Comfort Heritage Foundation. http://www.comfortheritagefoundation.org (Submitted on October 3, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 3, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 77 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 3, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.