A dance hall and men’s-only saloon, Sengelmann Hall made Schulenburg a popular stopping-off point for travelers between Houston and San Antonio from the time it was built in 1894. The hall remained central to the German-Czech community until the 1940s, when it closed and began to fall into disrepair. Restored and re-opened in 2009, boots again scoot across the hall’s original wood floors. Glasses clink and laughter rises from the old restaurant and bar, which serves regional Czech and German dishes. Wedding bells now chime for couples choosing to marry in the historic hall. Sengelmann Hall was awarded the National Preservation Award in 2010.
A few blocks away in Wolters Park, the Schulenberg Turnverein, a gymnastic club, built Turner Hall in 1886. It continues to serve as a community center today.