October 28, 2016

Preservation Personals: Go Mediterranean in the Lonestar State

  • By: Meghan White

Galveston, Texas, is a pretty well-known city, I think. Most people are aware that it sits on the Gulf Coast and has faced its share of hurricanes. The town is rather resilient, though, and has come out on top every time.

But there are countless aspects of my hometown that have nothing to do with inclement weather. The art scene, for example, is exquisite, and includes the Galveston Arts Center, Galveston ArtWalk, Galveston Symphony Orchestra, and the Galveston Ballet, not to mention a few apartment complexes designed exclusively for artists.

My favorite part of Galveston, though, is its eclectic sampling of architecture. We’re known as a city with one of the most extensive examples of 19th-century buildings in styles from Romanesque Revival to Italianate to Greek Revival.

I was a late arrival compared to most of Galveston’s buildings. I was built in 1916, in the East End Historic District, on three lots. I was a single-family home for about 75 years, but recently the University of Texas acquired me and completed a renovation.

I’m just a few blocks away from the water, so my Mediterranean-Revival design fits right in. I was built for a family of seven so I have plenty of room. Once you step inside you’ll see beautifully restored woodwork throughout, from the paneled main staircase to the baseboards. There is a lot of exposed brick, too, that creates a cozy atmosphere.

If you’re interested in learning more about me, click here.

Preservation Personals Galveston Exterior

photo by: Tom Schwenk

Galveston, Texas 77550

Preservation Personals Galveston Interior

photo by: Tom Schwenk

I've been well preserved, as you can see from the high-quality woodwork in the foyer.

Preservation Personals Galveston Pool

photo by: Tom Schwenk

Catch some rays at the pool in my spacious backyard.

Meghan White is a historic preservationist and an assistant editor for Preservation magazine. She has a penchant for historic stables, absorbing stories of the past, and one day rehabilitating a Charleston single house.


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