April 29, 2016

Preservation Personals: A Victorian Gem in an Alligator-Free Bayou

  • By: Filip Mazurczak
Victorian House in the Lost Bayou Neighborhood - Exterior Shot

photo by: The House Company

1914 Avenue M, Galveston, TX 77550

Have you ever dreamed of living in a lazy, picturesque bayou in the American South, but harbor concerns about the alligators, snakes, and other critters who reside there? Well, I’m a lovely Queen Anne house in a former, relatively critter-free bayou.

I’m located in the Lost Bayou Historic District—known as Hitchcock’s Bayou in the 1800s. Back then, reptiles and insects weren’t the only fauna here; The area was also the headquarters for government camels used in the arid areas of Texas.

After the bayou was drained, a stunning neighborhood with Victorian, Arts and Crafts, Italianiate, and Greek Revival houses sprang up. And the lack creepy-crawlies isn’t my only 21st-century convenience; As part of Galveston, I'm included in the Houston metropolitan area (the fifth-largest in the United States), so you won’t have to go far for big-city comforts.

I was designed by Alfred Mueller, a German-born architect who designed many famous landmarks in Galveston, including the original main building of Sam Houston State University. Though I was recently renovated and repainted, I retain my original 1887 wooden staircase and stained glass windows. Beyond the main house, I also offer a gazebo, guesthouse, and carriage house.

To read more about me, click here.

Victorian House in the Lost Bayou Neighborhood - Stairs

photo by: The House Company

Check out my beautiful, hand-carved wooden staircase and stained glass windows.

Filip Mazurczak is an editorial intern at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He previously worked as a freelance journalist, translator, and editor. He is from Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


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