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KENDALL COUNTY COURTHOUSE
201 E. San Antonio St., Boerne
Library File #43.3
OWNERS: Kendall County ADDITION: Original Town Lot DATE: 1998-1999 Style/Period:Romanesque
BUILDER: CONSTRUCTED OF: Native limestone; metal seam roof; long windows DESCRIPTION: Three story, limestone rock, tall windows.

HISTORY: "The population continued to grow as the migration continued to Texas in general, and to the hill country in particular. The commissioners had to address this trend, as the growth began to outpace facilities, services and personnel. The projected rate of growth was estimated at 37 percent in 1991-1995 and 42 percent by 2000. Kendall County was at one time the second fastest growing county in Texas and rated 25th in the nation. The Commissioners' courts in 1991 and 1993 studied the future needs for space. The County occupied 12,000 square feet plus rental space at that time. The studies recommended from 16,000 to 22,000 square feet. The Commissioners' Court proposed a bond issue to purchase the NBC Building, which failed. The growth continued at an increased rate. County Judge Garland Perry announced his resignation in 1993. James William "Bill" Gooden was appointed to fill the unexpired term. He was elected to serve in the office from Jan. 1, 1995 through Dec. 31, 1998. During that time, the growth continued unabated. Lack of space and crowded working conditions hampered all County departments. Compliance with ADA, OSHA and fire codes became serious issues. The Commissioners' Court appointed a Long- Range Planning Committee, a New Courthouse Committee, an Old Courthouse Committee and a Subdivision Rules Committee to address the growing needs of the County. Dedication to the new Kendall County Courthouse was held on April 23, 1999.

Source: Gooden, James William, "Kendall County Courthouse Dedication", April 23, 1999; and Boerne Public Library files.- May, 1999

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