Friday, April 19, 2013

Three Architectural Cities in One

The homes of the East End Historic District in Galveston continue to surprise and delight us.

c. 1891

Within a few blocks, we came across some colorful homes. Had the homes in this group of three photos been on the same block, they would have rivaled San Frnacisco's "painted ladies," the world famous row of Victorian homes on Steiner across from Alamo Square Park.

And then in another block of the 50-block district, we found this castle-like home.
Landes-McDonough Home, 1886

This Richardson Romanesque brick residence with its many unique features was a real eye-catcher.

G. Reymershoffer Home, 1887

Other homes reminded us of Cape May, New Jersey's collection of Victorian homes. The fire of 1878 wiped out 30 blocks of the oldest seashore resort in the nation. For the most part, the new buildings that went up were built in the modern style of the day...later known as the Victorian style.

Grumbach Home, 1887

William C. Skinner House, 1895

A Queen Anne style house with original iron fencing

Frederick Beissner Home, c.1887

This home had examples of decorative woodwork just about everywhere we looked.

Other architectural styles added to the architectural beauty of the district.
Dr. Thomas Thompson Home, c. 1875, additions 1882

Edward T. Austin Home, c. 1860's

Charles Hurley Home, 1868

An excellent example of Greek Revival.

The Victorian Bed and Breakfast Inn

The Inn was the subject of The History Channel's program: "Isaac's Storm: The Victorian Inn, A Grand Survivor of the 1900 storm" and winner of numerous awards, e.g., “Best Get-a-Ways,” One of the top 10 Bed & Breakfasts in the USA ( and The Official Best Historic Bed & Breakfast in Texas--2011, 2012, 2013 “Best of Texas” (The Travel Channel).

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