FFrom grand mansions to the cutest of cottages, the Galveston Historic Foundation showcases the island’s wide range of architectural styles at the 47th Annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour, which takes place May 1-2 and May 8-9. May from 10 a.m. at 18 o’clock.
“The range of homes is truly exciting, showcasing a range of Galveston’s best residential architecture,” the foundationDwayne Jones executive director said in a statement. “From small to large, the homes tell great stories of island life and showcase a variety of ways to restore and rehabilitate our great architectural assets.
“As we celebrate our 150th anniversary and with the support of owners who are opening stunning homes, we look forward to this year’s tour and a number of unprecedented special events.
The beauty of this historic tour is that it opens the doors to otherwise private homes, inaccessible to the public.
The oldest dwelling on the tour, Bondies-Robertson House, was built in 1877 with additions and modifications from 1886 to 1904. One of the new properties to be featured on the tour is the charming William and Edna Crawford House , one of three specification four-room cottages built in 1913 as affordable housing.
Perhaps the most fascinating home on the tour is the League-Kempner House from 1893, designed by architect Nicholas J. Clayton with additions and modifications by Birdsall Briscoe in 1920. Recently purchased of one estate, the 7,800 square foot new owner home undergoes extensive work to remedy decades of deferred maintenance and neglect. It is expected to be a spectacle once the renovations are complete.
More details on the tour and related events and ticket reservations at $ 40 are available here.
Not on the tour is the iconic Episcopal palace at 1402 Broadway which is in the hands of the foundation and can be visited separately while the decorated, eye-catching Villa Ashton houses the Galveston Island Visitors Center. It is not open for tours, but can be booked for special events.