Distinctive Destinations

The Grand 1894 Opera House

  • Constructed: 1894
  • Location: Galveston, TX

In 1894, Henry Greenwall, with the help of a handful of prominent businessmen and civic-minded locals, supported the arts raised the necessary funds for the creation of the Grand Opera House. One of the few theaters of its era to survive, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and remains an icon of Galveston's investment in the arts. Proclaimed "The Official Opera House of Texas," the Grand survived two major storms in 1900 and 1915 (1900 being the worst of the two), as well as Hurricanes Carla (1961) and Alicia (1983). Millions of dollars were raised in Galveston, the greater Houston area, and by the State of Texas to fund the much needed restoration of the Grand between 1974 and 1990.

The Grand 1894 Opera House

photo by: Allen Sheffield

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