|The Markward Homestead, in Lampasas, Texas features 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 in1883 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 immigrant builder, and reflect the social status of the owner, a fellow German immigrant who established a successful mercantile business in Lampasas and was also instrumental in bringing the railroad to Lampasas from Galveston. The houses combine traditional German masonry techniques with decorative aspects of the popular American Folk Victorian style, and the primary house is noteworthy for its unusual (and possibly unique) double-hall plan. The Markward Homestead is nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, at the local level of significance, under Criterion C in the area of Architecture, as an excellent example of the pre-railroad confluence of styles and techniques that characterize Central Texas vernacular architecture.