The Karnes County Courthouse was built in 1894. In the 1920s, two buildings were added to the main structure. These buildings weren’t added correctly and as of February 2007, they are pulling the original building apart.
The courthouse was constructed in a two-block pattern that is common to many county seats in Texas. The Courthouse Square in Texas by Robert E. Veselka has this to say about the Karnes County courthouse square:
Table II. Two-Block and Four-Block Patterns – Karnes City*/Karnes Related two-block: additional buildings
* Confirmed by site visit
The two-block and four-block patterns share features with the Shelbyville square, but more than a single block is reserved for the courthouse.
Table 20. Predominant Courthouse Squares by Block Patter – Two-blocks or Related Patterns: 10 of 92 (11.0%) – Karnes City***/Karnes
*** Both incomplete development and additional buildings.
In some cases, the courthouse square has become a complex of government buildings. The county seats of Alpine, Angleton, Eldorado, Floresville, Fredericksburg, Karnes City, Menard, and Victoria fit this description.
Veselka, Robert E. The Courthouse Square in Texas. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2000.
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