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