The photos presented here document the third portion of our walk around the Silk Stocking District of Galveston, TX. We have been drawn to the architecture of the homes and businesses in the East End District (April 15, 2013 blog entry), the Strand (April 24, 2013), Broadway homes (April 28, 2013), and other sections of the city (April 19, 20, 22, and 30 of 2013).
The self-guided walking tour brochure entitled "The Silk Stocking National Historic District" was in one hand and my camera in the other as we made our way around the neighborhood.
Now if I have a list of places, sculptures, homes, murals, or decorated "mascots" of a city, I will admit to feeling compelled--even duty-bound--to record all of the items on the list. (Yes, there is a bit of obsessive-compulsiveness in my make-up, but that is another story).
And in this District's case, the brochure is so well-designed that I had a relatively easy finding the homes on the list.
While following the course of the walk, one could ask why not select only a few of the homes listed. After all, they can't all be equally interesting. Well, I would disagree with that position.
Like their owners, architects, and builders, the homes reflect periods in the lives of these people and of the city. And therein lies the introduction to a city.
This eclectic blend of ornamentation typifies the varied interpretation of the Queen Anne style.
In 1921, this house was turned from the original 23rd Street frontage to face Avenue M to escape the commercial redevelopment along 23rd.
These cottages represented the integrated housing conditions that characterized the neighborhood for much of its history. There were structures on these lots in 1865 with additions made in 1870. The houses were moved closer together at some time to accommodate the small house (not shown) on the corner.
I chanced upon a very cooperative puppy. "Posing" on the porch (shown between the top points of the iron fence), this proud pup's majestic expression identified him as the master of the house. Or mistress of the house.
Built in 1907, with renovations in 1922, the home's design is more reminiscent of the European homes found in Spain, Portugal, and Italy, which gives it a Mediterranean appearance. Surrounded by porches on the west, south and east sides, these became screened porches in 1922, overlooking extensive gardens.
Built by James M. Brown as a wedding present for his daughter Matilda (or Mathilda) upon her marriage to Thomas Sweeney.