So I have started this blog and erased it about ten times now. I want to say something meaningful about Galveston, to really convey that this is one of the great American cities, as beautiful and distinctive as New Orleans, Savannah or Boston. On this one small island there are two National Historic Landmark Districts (there are only a couple dozen of these nationwide) and the National Historic Landmark 1877 Elissa ship. It is one of the cities in Texas that I have a huge soft spot for and always felt that no amount of time spent there was enough. I feel a connection and a loss. I also feel that Galveston is fortunate to have the Galveston Historical Foundation and the Texas Historical Commission – their very capable and passionate staff who will work hard for Galveston and its historic resources. Since I don’t really know what else to say, and since I can’t locate my Galveston pictures in all of my unpacked boxes I will just go ahead and steal some from the internet to try to convey this place.
From www.thestrand.com; the Strand is a National Historic Landmark District.
Bishop’s Palace, constructed in 1892, a 1900 Hurricane Survivor, part of the East End National Historic Landmark District – from www.galvestonhistory.org.
The Landes-McDonough House, another 1900 Hurricane Survivor and part of the East End National Historic District – from http://flickr.com/photos/fotolilith/421701872/.
Please visit the Galveston Historical Foundation’s website to learn more about the island, its history and its architecture. Consider making a donation to assist in the post-Ike efforts.
Posted by Rebecca Rowe, Preservation Program Coordinator for the Landmark Society and common-law Texan.