Albert and Marie Kopplin House

The Albert & Marie Kopplin House is located at 564 South Hill Avenue in New Braunfels, Comal County, Texas. It is an excellent, well cared-for example of late 19th century Victorian architecture made popular by the arrival of the railroad and the trend away from the use of local handmade building materials with the use of machine and industrially manufactured resources. The home was built and lived in by wealthy county ranch families that participated in city society as well as ranch life. It represents the success of the community and its inhabitants as well as the family relationships developed while balancing city and ranch life. The home noted on the image below shows its location within the city of New Braunfels.

In 1891, Albert Kopplin purchased lots 13, 14, 15, and 16, of block 2, with Grand Avenue (now called Hill Avenue) on one side of the property and Academy Avenue on the other. This property was deeded to the Kopplins from Emma Jahn out of the Jahn Addition. The parcel was one of the first developed in the new Jahn Addition after 1890. They built the house on lots 14 and 16 on Grand Avenue that later became 564 Hill Avenue. Lots 13 and 15 were on the Academy Avenue side of the property.

At the time that the home was built, Grand Avenue, located near the crest of Sophienburg Hill, overlooked the town of New Braunfels and therefore had a “grand” view of the city. Several other houses built about the same time shared the same prime view of the town. The Hofheinz House next door which is an RTHL, was originally on Grand Avenue, but now it resides at 548 Hill Avenue.

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Comal County Historical Commission