Heritage, Volume 7, Number 2, Spring 1989 Page: 23
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Galveston's wealth of 19th century
architecture goes on review each May
when Galveston Historical Foundation
presents the Galveston Historic Homes
Tour. May 6-7 and 13-14, 1989 mark the
15th year for the tour which features
private historic homes not usually open
to the public.
This spring, ten homes ranging from
an 1850 wooden Victorian raised cottage
to the unusual 1916 Hans Guldmann
House, will give visitors an idea of the
variety and richness of Galveston's
architectural heritage. Included in the
tour will be the 1895 Galveston Orphan's
Home, an immense structure adaptively
restored as a private home, and
delightful town flats in the 1870 Rice,
Baulard & Co. Building in the Strand
National Historic Landmark District.
Another special on the 15th annual
Historic Homes Tour is the 1886 John
Darragh Home, a pre-restoration feature.
Galveston Historical Foundation owns
this landmark house which graces the
cover of the late Howard Barnstone's
classic book, The Galveston That Was.
A portion of the large Alfred Muller-designed
house will be furnished by area
interior designers just for the tour weekends.
This year the second weekend of the
tour will be the culmination of the first
Ashton Villa Conference. The 1859
mansion will be the sponsor for a conference
entitled "Victorians at Home:
The Civil War to the Great Storm." The
conference will focus on the unprecedented
value placed on home and family
during the Victorian period.
Speakers for the May 11-13 symposium
are John Kasson of the University of
North Carolina, delivering the keynote
address and speaking on dining rooms
and dining rituals; Clifford Clark of Carleton
College, speaking on domestic
architecture; Cynthia Brandimarte,
Austin author, speaking on the amateur
art movement in America; Jean Kaslin of
the Houston Center for Photography,
speaking on the development of photography
and its effect on the documentation
and appearance in the home; and
Joseph Butler of Historic Hudson Valley
in Tarrytown, NY, speaking on the furniture
and decorative arts of the period. For
more information call (409) 765-7834.
The Beach Hotel was a masterpiece of wood construction and a pioneer in the use of electric lighting in
Texas. Unfortunately it burned to the ground in 1898, only five years after its construction. Photo courtesy
of the Rosenberg Library.
HERITAGE * SPRING 1989 23
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alveston Island is known for her wealth of grand and
' ^^^ glorious 19th century architectural treasures. For two
' i/ special weekends each May, you are invited to tour the
- Island's finest restored private homes...those not generally
opened to the public.
May is a delightful time to relax amidst the romance and beauty of
historic Galveston. Enjoy a memorable weekend of fragrant
oleanders, refreshing Gulf breezes
and gracious hospitality.
Save on advance tickets /
by contacting Galveston
2016 Strand, Galveston, I U ) *
Texas 77550, or call , ,
(409) 765-7834 or
MAY 6 7- 13&14
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