You probably didn’t realize that Galveston Island is home to one of the most significant examples of Victorian homes in the United States. Maybe you’ve drove past it or toured it when you were a kid during a family vacation. Either way, this is a site that you should include on your next Galveston Island vacation.
Here’s a little background: Bishop’s Palace, 1402 Broadway, was built from 1887 to 1892 and was the former home of Colonel Walter Gresham and his wife Josephine. And, yes Mrs. Gresham was in this amazing castle during the 1900 Storm. The home was designed by famed architect Nicholas Clayton Later the home was sold to the Houston-Galveston Diocese which is why it’s called Bishop’s Palace. Bishop Christopher Byrne resided in the home from 1923 to 1950. Eventually the home was managed and later purchased by the Galveston Historical Foundation.
If you enjoy history and architecture as well as appreciate expert craftsmanship, you definitely don’t want to miss these five things at Bishop’s Palace:
1. Basement to Attic Tour held on Saturdays. The attic typically isn’t on the regular tour so take advantage of this opportunity.
2. Floral design in Mrs. Gresham’s room. During a recent restoration, a beautiful floral pattern was discovered on the ceiling and has been restored.
3. View from Mr. Gresham’s bedroom overlooking Broadway. Take time to take in the view and envision what she saw during the 1900 Storm.
4. Stained Glass in the Chapel. GHF has meticulously restored the stained glass work in the chapel.
5. Fireplaces, all with different mantles. There are a total of eleven fireplaces in the house and nine of these fireplaces can be seen with the regular tour, while two are located on the third floor.
Book your room at one of these Galveston hotels and plan your next vacation on the Texas Gulf Coast.
For a beach view with history, stay at Hotel Galvez & Spa. The hotel provides a courtesy shuttle to transport hotel guests downtown.
For a stay in The Historic Strand District, book your stay at The Tremont House.
Or if you want to enjoy of view of the harbor, consider Harbor House Hotel & Marina at Pier 21.