For nearly 200 years, a permanent settlement at the mouth of Galveston Bay has welcomed pirates, sailors, immigrants, and visitors from around the world. As Galveston grew, its buildings were visible signs of the city’s prosperity and the talent of its craftsmen. For many, this city was a gateway to America and an inspiration of what other communities in Texas and the Southwest would become. Although Galveston has thousands of historic buildings remaining, many have been lost to the elements and development over the years. Buildings such as the ones found within these pages define the character of our city and its culture.
Brian M. Davis
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was born in Galveston and grew up there and I still spend a lot of time on the island. I enjoyed this book because I can remember when a lot of the buildings shown in this book were still standing. I also remember when many of them were demolished.Some were torn down because of hurricane damage or other causes but some were torn down for no good reason and should be still standing. Lots of memories came back as I looked through the pages at those buildings that are gone. Good book.
In the cause of historic preservation, in association with the Galveston Historical Foundation, the author has put together a book of photographs of old Galveston buildings and houses. All are lost now. Each photo is accompanied by a descriptive paragraph which provides information about the building and its inhabitants. The author says, "What I present here are small glimpses into [these structures and] lives as seen through newspaper articles, advertisements, city directories, and other written or oral accounts."
According to my count, there are altogether 217 photos of buildings and houses, enough to pretty well satisfy any Galvestonophile. Three pictures are of the legendary old Ursuline convent which many persons may be eager to have a better look at than has been available since its unfortunate destruction. There's only one view of all the other subjects.
The contents include hotels, civic buildings, social places, residences, schools, churches,...
I buy these books as gifts for my husband. We also have one about College Station and one on LaGrange. He is not much of a reader, but will read these from cover to cover! It's full of old pictures which helps bring the history to life. They are especially interesting if you have any affiliation with the town. For example, this Galveston book will show a picture of an old building, tell you a brief history on it and it's location (23rd and Broadway), and if it was torn down what was built in its place.
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