Karnes County

US States / O-U / Texas / Karnes County
Karnes

Karnes County is named for Henry Karnes, who was a soldier during the Texas Revolution.

 

Created:  February 4, 1854

County Seat: 

Helena          1854 – 1893

Karnes City  1893 – present

 

County Courthouse – Karnes City

 

Location:  101 North Panna Maria Avenue / West Calvert Avenue

Built:  1894 – 1895

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  John McCormack

Contractor:  John McCormack and J A Austin

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story brown colored brick, stucco and sandstone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The east front has a projecting center section with entrance framed with a red sandstone arch and rising to a peaked roof. Red colored sandstone trim runs above and below the windows. On the south side is a semi-circular tower with flat roof. The building was remodeled in 1924. The architect was Henry T Phelps and the contractor was San Antonio Company. An addition was added on the west side. The building is presently being restored during 2016 to 2017. The architect is Fisher Heck Architects of San Antonio and the contractor is M J Boyle General Contractors, Inc. of San Antonio.

 

Note:  The architect and contractor of the present courthouse John McCormack, died before construction was completed.

 

County Administration – Karnes City

 

0155t17

 

Location:  200 West Calvert Avenue / North Davidson Street

Built:  2007 – 2011

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Syncro Architect Studio of San Antonio

Contractor:  HMC West and Lehmann Engineering.

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a one story light red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds on the west side of the courthouse in the center of the city. The west front has a central entrance with north and south sections rising higher with curved roofs. The windows are vertical. The building is named as Offices on the Square. 

 

 

Old County Courthouse – Helena

 

0148t17

 

Location:  Highway 61 / County Road 302

Built:  1873

Style:  Federal

Architect:  John Jacob Riley

Contractor:  Thomas Ruckman and W McNamara

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story white colored stone structure. The building is located on spacious grounds and was the first courthouse. The east front has a two story porch with stairs. The roof is hipped. 

 

Courthouses: 

N – Wilson County and Gonzales County 

E – De Witt County and Goliad County

S – Bee County and Live Oak County 

W – Atascosa County and Wilson County

 

 

 

1043t09

County Courthouse

 

 

1044t09

 

 

1045t09

 

 

2390t19

Courthouse after 2018 restoration

 

 

2396t19

 

 

2403t19

 

 

2404t19

 

 

2405t19

 

 

2406t19

 

 

2407t19

 

 

2408t19

 

 

2409t19

 

 

2410t19

 

 

2412t19

 

 

2413t19

 

 

2414t19

 

 

2415t19

 

 

2417t19

 

 

2418t19

 

  

1047t09

 

 

1046t09

 

 

1048t09

 

 

0156t17

County Administration

 

 

0157t17

 

 

0158t17

 

 

0159t17

 

 

0160t17

 

 

0150t17

Old County Courthouse – Helena

 

 

0149t17

 

 

0152t17

 

 

0153t17

 

 

0154t17

 

 

0147t17

Photos taken 2009, 2017 and 2019