THE FAUST HOTEL
by Clayton Stapleton
Saturday July 24, 2004 11:36:08 AM CDT
The Faust Hotel
New Braunfels, TX
NEW BRAUNFELS, TEXAS - The Faust Hotel located at
240 South Sequin Street was built on the Faust family homestead.
Some 2,000 citizens cheered at the groundbreaking event for the
new Travelers Hotel on October 12th, 1929. The local vice
president of the chamber of commerce and president of the First
National Bank raised funds for the construction and poured himself
into the project. He was Walter Faust Jr. He loved the art nouveau
Spanish Renaissance style hotel so much that he became its first
owner. Walter moved his family into one of the suites and lived
there until his death in 1933. In his honor the hotel was renamed
"WALTER IS STILL HERE"
Many guests have spotted a "quaint
and old-fashioned" man around the building.
3One former night
manager reported the elevator doors would open and no one could be
seen exiting the elevator. It happened about the same time every
night. He also reported doors would open and close by themselves
and chairs would be pushed back into place without anyone near
them. Employees grown used to these kind of strange things and
brushed them off as Walter is still taking care of the hotel. Lisa
Farwell wrote in her book
Texas Vacations" that a visiting young couple saw an older man
running the elevator. The bellman was wearing a plaid jacket. They
ask a desk clerk who the man was and he assured then that the
hotel did not employ an elevator operator or bellman. It must have
been the ghost of Walter.
"OTHERS WALK THE HALLS"
It seems Walter's spirit is not
alone. Reports of a women carrying a child have been seen in the
hallways of the grandiose hotel. They were surrounded by a bluish
glow. As the witnesses watch the spectacle they just disappear
before their eyes. It's not known who the woman and child are.