Tax Credit Program Highlight: Markward Homestead

Lampasas, Lampasas County



Individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Historic Use

Homestead farm, single family residence

Current Use

Bed & Breakfast, rental events venue

Date Certified

February 16, 2018


Certified for state credits only.

Project Contact

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Markward Homestead is a Victorian limestone home featuring two fine examples of 19th-century vernacular residential architecture in a rural setting. The 1875 three-room limestone house served as the primary residence until a larger limestone house was completed in 1883 just to the south of the first home. Built by master stonemason Theodore Bauerfeind for John Markward and his family, the buildings are a testament to the skill of the German builder. Markward immigrated to the United State in 1852 on the ship Diana from Prussia. He later served in the Civil War in the Gurley’s Regiment. After the war, Markward opened a successful mercantile business in Lampasas. Markward was instrumental in bringing the railroad to Lampasas from Galveston and was a prominent member of the Lampasas community known for serving as postmaster, regularly teaching at the church, and supporting various charitable works.

Rehabilitation Project

The current owners purchased the house in 2014, with plans to operate a bed and breakfast and rental venue. The property was generally in good shape, but needed several important repairs, along with cosmetic work. The entire roof required replacement, although the historic lightning protection system and decorative birdhouses were retained and reinstalled. Porch flooring was replaced on both the main house and guest house, with repairs made to the wood trim elements. New plumbing systems and fixtures were installed, wood windows were repaired, and interiors were painted.

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  • The buildings on the site are stone with exuberant wood trim.