Participating Homes Announced For The Galveston Historic Homes Tour

Every summer, explore the beautiful nineteenth-century mansions and homes that have preserved Galveston’s architectural legacy.

Galveston Historical Foundation opens the doors to Galveston Island’s architectural history through public tours of privately owned homes during its annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour.

Galveston Historic Homes Tour

Tours are held from 10AM to 6PM on May 6-7 & 13-14, 2023. Tickets are $45 for general admission until May 1, and $50 after and through the tour. Tickets are available online or the day of at any of the tour homes.

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GHF members are eligible for specially priced $40 tickets. Members can purchase at any tour home the day of the tour or online through their GalvestonHistory+ account.

Homes on Tour 2023
926 Winnie
McKinney-McDonald House, Built 1890

In 1890, Liberty and Annie McKinney hired English contractor William Evans to build this commanding Victorian house. One of the most remarkably detailed houses in the East End Historic District, decorative elements of the ornate double gallery include gooseneck pendants, undulating arches and mariner’s wheel motifs. Damaged by fire in 1993, GHF purchased the house in 2011 to save it from demolition. Featured on previous tours as a “restoration in progress,” the current owner recently completed rehabilitation of the prestigious property after purchasing it from GHF.

1212 19th Street
Julius Lobenstein Tenant Cottage, Built 1890

Capitalist Julius Lobenstein built this side-gable Victorian cottage in 1890 for use as tenant property. Lobenstein was born in Germany and immigrated to New Braunfels, Texas, before he relocated to Galveston in 1846. Located in the Lost Bayou Historic District, the tenant cottage is one of several investment properties built by Lobenstein in the neighborhood.

3128 Avenue L
George Bendixen Corner Store & Residence, Built 1892

German immigrant George Bendixen built this corner store with attached residential wing in 1892. The building served Old Central Neighborhood as a grocery for 76 years and is representative of a vernacular form identified as a square or rectangular building with a hipped roof and entries oriented toward the corner. Recently rehabilitated for residential purposes, the owner contracted with a designer for a modern interior complementary of the building’s architecture.

1826 Avenue K
Charles and Estelle Miller House, Built 1899

Located in the Lost Bayou Historic District, Charles and Estelle Miller built this L-plan Victorian house in 1899 for use as their primary residence. GHF acquired the house after it was damaged by fire in 2018. GHF’s Revolving Fund, established in 1973 to save endangered buildings from demolition and stimulate revitalization of The Strand, supported the purchase and rehabilitation of the house that was acquired by the current owners in 2020.

1127 Avenue M
James and Mary Prindiville House, Built 1901

New Orleans native and plaster contractor James J. Prindiville built this gable-front Victorian cottage with inset porch in 1901. When completed, the property served as his office and family’s residence. Located blocks from the beach in the San Jacinto Neighborhood, the house replaced their previous residence destroyed by the 1900 Storm.

1113 Church Street
Edmund and Lorena Toebelman House, Built 1905

In 1905, real estate agent Edmund Toebelman and his wife, Lorena, contracted with German carpenter Henry Rabe to build this Victorian house according to plans drawn by architect Donald McKenzie. Elevated seven feet on colossal concrete piers, the architectural massing of the East End Historic District house dominates the surrounding streetscape. Notable architectural features include an inset front porch supported by smooth Ionic columns and original interior millwork.

2102 Avenue P
Joseph and Frances Gengler House, Built 1905

In 1904, Joseph Gengler married Frances Ellen Beaver and a year later, they contracted with William Janssen to build this high-raised Victorian cottage. Located on a corner lot in the San Jacinto Neighborhood, the L-plan house features a wrap-around porch that takes advantage of breezes from the Gulf of Mexico located one block south.

1928 Avenue O
Nathan and Mary Spence House, Built 1906

Nathaniel Spence, proprietor of the Texas Produce & Commission Company, and wife Mary Ann Topliffe, contracted with Galveston-born architect Donald McKenzie to build this somewhat restrained Victorian house in 1906. McKenzie designed a number of Galveston buildings in the early 20th century and is considered one of the city’s best 20th century architects.

2219 Market Street
City National Bank Building, Built 1920

Chicago architects Weary & Alford designed this Neoclassical stone building to house William L. Moody Jr.’s City National Bank. Renamed Moody National Bank in 1953, the bank operated until 1962 and later housed a local museum. GHF acquired the building in 2020 and recently completed rehabilitation for residential use.

3112 Broadway
Joseph and Edith Eiband House, Built 1928

Architect Raymond Rapp Sr. designed this Colonial Revival brick house for Joseph and Edith Eiband. Eiband was employed as general manager of Eiband’s Department Store, founded by his father in 1895 and once the largest privately owned retailer in the county. Located on Broadway, the Eiband House is one of the last residences constructed for a prominent family after the grand avenue was declared a state highway and first paved roadway to Houston.

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Galveston Historical Foundation

GHF was formed as the Galveston Historical Society in 1871 and merged with a new organization formed in 1954 as a non-profit entity devoted to historic preservation and history in Galveston County. Over the last sixty years, GHF has expanded its mission to encompass community redevelopment, historic preservation advocacy, maritime preservation, coastal resiliency, and stewardship of historic properties. GHF embraces a broader vision of history and architecture that encompasses advancements in environmental and natural sciences and their intersection with historic buildings and coastal life and conceives of history as an engaging story of individual lives and experiences on Galveston Island from the 19th century to the present day.