Phillip Home c1867-1870
Phillip Home, late 19th Century
Phillip Home, late 20th Century
|ORIGINAL USE: Hotel||PRESENT USE: Business Leases||CURRENT OWNER: Debbie Gracey|
|OWNERS:Joseph & Wilhelmina Phillip, Howard Calder||LOCATION: Kernaghan Lot: #23,24||DATE: c1860 Style/Period: Hotel||HISTORICAL DESIGNATION: BHP has applied for National Registry|
|BUILDERS: Joseph Phillip||CONSTRUCTED OF: Rock/Frame||CONDITION: Fair||DESCRIPTION: Two story building expanded between 1860 and 1875|
HISTORY: The Joseph Phillips House or Phillips House Manor was built between 1860 and 1875. As happened so many times in frontier villages, the original Phillips house was probably a very simple building. Structural evidence indicates that the first residence was modified and expanded several times, resulting in the large Phillips House Manor as it now stands.
When stage coach lines passed through Boerne during the last quarter of the
19th century, the Phillips House, the O'Grady Inn, and the Boerne Hotel (Ye
Kendall Inn) were considered real classic stops. During this period many people
flocked to Boerne because of its reputation as a health resort and travel from
San Antonio was a two day journey by stage, with a stop overnight in Leon
Springs. When the railroad was opened up many more people came, and at one time
the small town of Boerne had six hotels to accommodate the visitors.
The Boerne Shooting club was founded in the Manor, and the original target range was in the back.
Mr. Phillip built an annex to the hotel to induce business men to come to Boerne. This building consisted of three rooms, occupied by a jeweler, Mr. Guildner; a tinner, Mr. Weyrick, who was also a musician; and a drug store operated by a Dr. D'Albini and August Schweppe.
An English colony settled in and near Boerne and they made their headquarters
at the Phillip Manor house. They organized a Polo club and played near Boerne.
This was the first polo played in the United States.
The first excursion train into Boerne was loaded with many passengers from far places who spent the day with the "natives". All celebrated in the Hall and grounds of the Phillip Manor House with speeches and varied pastimes.
The government, while in the process of mobilizing an Army for World War I, and training classes from their near-by Camp Stanley, desiring to extend every courtesy to their superior officers, gave them dinners and evening dances at the Phillip Hotel in Boerne. After World War I was over, army officers of highest rank from abroad were entertained as special guests at this hotel. The Phillip Hotel is connected with the birth and progress of this town."
Source: Boerne Public Library files.
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