Recently I traveled to the delightful island of Galveston located on the Gulf Coast of Texas. There I encountered The Historic Holiday Homes of Galveston.
The Historic Holiday Homes of Galveston
Every year the East End presents a holiday tour of homes. But this is not just any home tour as the island is home to several of the most significant architectural gems in the nation.
Galveston was once the wealthiest city in Texas. It has persevered over the Great Fire of 1885 and the Galveston Hurricane of 1900.
The town has six historic districts that contain one of the largest and historically significant collections of 19th-century homes and offices in the U.S. Numerous structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
We will begin with one of the most well known, Bishop’s Palace.
Bishop’s Palace is also known as the Josephine and Walter Gresham house. It was built between 1887 and 1893.
The stone mansion is an amazing 19,082 square feet and features four floors.
The house is owned by the Galveston Historical Foundation and self-guided tours are available each day. A portion of the proceeds supports the preservation and restoration of the property.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
In 1923 the Roman Catholic Diocese of Galveston had purchased the mansion. It sits directly across the street from Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
The church was originally established on June 21, 1884, by Rt. Rev. Bishop Nicholas A. Gallagher. It did not survive the hurricane. The church began reconstruction when a cornerstone was laid on June 21, 1903. The church was consecrated on January 17, 1904.
The current church was designed by architect Nicholas Clayton. It features octagonal towers, flying buttresses, elaborate ornamentation, and a variety of arches. The design reflects the influences of Byzantine, Gothic, Moorish, and Romanesque styles.
The East Egg Cottage
The William and Lena Juneman Smith cottage is one of the most recognizable homes in Galveston.
It received its nickname, the East Egg Cottage (which some also refer to as Easter Egg Cottage) due to the pastel fish scale details that accents the front of the home.
The raised, gabled-front cottage was built in 1892 in the Queen Anne style. The home is open, by appointment, for tours.
East Egg Cottage was one of three sister cottages that sit next to one another built by German architect and builder William Pautsch.
The cottages were built for Dorthea Juneman and her children.
Lovely Victorian Homes
The rest of the homes on the tour are all private homes. As such I have little to no information on the homes. Please enjoy the quiet beauty.
The cheerful owners appear to adore doxies. They must be awesome people.
I learned from a neighbor that the masterful gem shown above, with its haint blue ceilings, is owned by an interior designer. It shows. Even the gardens were lovely.
Strolling through the East End was indeed a botanical treat.
You may notice that many of the houses are shown at an angle. I did this for privacy purposes. For the owners who were out gardening or decorating, I asked permission to photograph their homes. Every single one happily agreed and many came down from their porches for a nice Southern chat.
Merry and Bright
It appears I have an affinity for yellow. Many of the homes that caught my eye featured various hues of sunshine.
I will be back tomorrow with Victorian Holiday Fashions.