Explore the unique interiors and magnificent façades of beloved homes at the 45th Annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour on weekends from Saturday, May 4 through Sunday, May 12, 2019.
For four days in early May, the doors to several of Galveston’s notable, history-rich homes swing open for public self-guided tours during the 45th Annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour.
Visitors have the opportunity to explore several highlights of Galveston’s preserved private residences, offering a chance to marvel at pieces of history that have withstood the elements for well over a century.
With tickets valid for all four days of the Galveston Historic Homes Tour, guests are welcome to spread their visits across each day so as not to miss any of the eight homes on display.
Historic Homes Open for Touring
- August Roemer Tenant House, 1873 | 1416 Sealy Avenue – The center-hall house features a notable entry with double doors and transom, turned balusters, and square porch columns.
- James and Amelia Byrnes House, c.1881 | 2113 Ball Street – Once an example of urban decay in the late 60s, this home has been undergoing an historic rehabilitation since 2013.
- Conrad and Henrike Lenz House, 1887 | 1807 Avenue L – The home of German emigrants Henrike Pruessner and Conrad Lenz, a butcher, it neighbored his shop and smokehouse next door.
- Allen and Lulu Cameron House, 1891 | 1126 Church Street – Built by English architect Henry Collier Cooke, this home boasts an assymetrical façade, a decorative balustrade, and a widow’s walk.
- Lucas Terrace, 1901-1908 | 1407 Broadway Avenue J – The English brickmason Thomas Lucas erected this home using salvaged bricks from his former apartment building that was destroyed by the 1900 Storm.
- Peter and Augusta Nielson House, 1915 | 1711 Rosenberg Avenue (25th Street) – Built by Peter Nielson, a Danish-born merchant tailor, this private residence is replete with details inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement.
- Iacopo Niccolai Tenant House, 1922 | 2416 38th Street – One of a dozen relocated properties, this five-room bungalow is featured in the so-called “Niccolai Subdivision”, oversaw by Italian immigrant carpenter, Iacopo Niccolai.
- Peter and Anna Serini House, 1903 (Rebuilt 1923) | 1810 Avenue N 1/2 – The once-relocated home of Canadian immigrant, Alexander McLellan, it was rebuilt by the Serinis in 1923, utilizing some of the original building material.
More than just self-guided tours, the Galveston Historic Homes Tour also includes several events throughout the weekends that offer visitors a chance to have a more rich experience learning about history on the island and exploring the homes.
From dinner events and lectures to an exhibition and a crawfish celebration, there are more things to check out during the 45th Annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour. Click here for more information on the homes and events taking place.
45th Annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour
- Dates: Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, May 11 and 12, 2019
- Times: 10am to 6pm
- Location: Varies. Click here for more information on each home.
- Admission: A single ticket is good for both weekends (all four days). Tickets are $30 in advance through Thursday, May 2, 2019; $35 thereafter. Galveston Historical Society members can purchase $25 tickets in-person at any home on the tour, or at select retail locations, with their member IDs. Call 409-765-3424 with any questions. Click here to purchase tickets.
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