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Historic Homes Tour 2009
Galveston Historical Foundation
News Release
Thursday, April 02, 2009

Galveston Historical Foundation announces a new and expanded line-up of special events
and added attractions for its 35th annual historic homes tour

The 2009 Galveston Historic Homes Tour will celebrate Historic Galveston’s Rebirth with nine special events and seven added attractions to enhance the experience of visiting the ten restored historic homes that make up the tour.

Each of the houses on this year’s tour has suffered a calamity to some degree or another. Some are survivors of the Great Storm of 1900, others of the flood waters of Hurricane Ike. Still others have survived fire, collapsing foundations and tornados. Reconstruction is complete on some and ongoing on others.

Tickets are now available online at The tour of privately owned homes will take place on the weekends of May 2 and 3 and May 9 and 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Advance tickets for the Homes Tour are $20, or $15 for groups of 20 or more, and for Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) members. (Member tickets are sold only at GHF headquarters.) Beginning May 2, the first day of the tour, tickets are $25. For more information on ticket sales call 409 765 7834.

Nine separately ticketed special events

May 1
First Impression:  A Sunset Celebration of an Island’s Rebirth
New and old, this year’s preview tour showcases 100 plus years of Island architecture…the Galveston that is and is yet to come. Begin your evening enjoying wine and hors d’oeuvres on the beach in Galveston’s premier new development Beachtown at this year’s Coastal Living Idea House. Continue your tour, in town, at the stunning c.1890 Ernestine Vander Linde cottage at 1715 Ball Avenue, the elegant double-gabled Victorian house that John E. and Laura Baily built in 1893 at 1805 Broadway and the innovatively restored 1891 Dr. Cary E. and Eliza Wilkinson House at 1605 Avenue K. Conclude your evening savoring dessert and coffee, as one of the first to tour the soon-to-reopen jewel of Galveston Island’s downtown, The Tremont House.
5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
$60 per person and includes a ticket to Galveston Historic Homes Tour
Refreshments at the Idea House served 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

May 2 and 9
From Basement to Attic: A Behind The Scenes Look at the 1892 Bishop’s Palace
As a VIP, you will have the unique opportunity to tour Galveston Island’s masterpiece, the imposing 1892 Bishop’s Palace literally from bottom to top.  Colonel Walter and Josephine Gresham commissioned Nicholas Clayton, Galveston’s premier architect, to design and build what is arguably the finest of the “Broadway beauties.” Guests will view areas, not normally open to the public, of this grand structure named the 14th most important Victorian building in America by the American Institute of Architects.
Approximate time: 1 ½ to 2 hours, beginning at 6 p.m. (Limited to 20 per tour)
Bishop’s Palace, 1402 Broadway
$30 per person and includes light refreshments following the tour

May 2 and 9
The Architecture and History of Historic Galveston Island by Dwayne Jones
Dwayne Jones, Executive Director of GHF, will be your guide on this informative tour of Galveston Island’s historic neighborhoods. The tour will focus on how the island's buildings respond to the natural environment of the barrier island from the 19th century to the present.  He will discuss the major residential development patterns present in Galveston reflecting more than a century of progressive ideas and design adaptation.  In addition he will discuss Hurricane Ike and its impact on the island as well as future mitigation efforts to protect historic buildings.  A special note on GHF's unique "small house program" will show the organization's long interest in buildings using the revolving fund developed in the 1970s.
Light morning refreshments included.
Approximate time: 2 ½ hours
Departs from Bishop’s Palace, 1402 Broadway, 9:30 a.m.
$50 per person and includes a ticket to Galveston Historic Homes Tour

May 2, 3, 9 and 10
A Stormy Past and Sunny Future
Galveston Island Tours, an affiliate of Galveston Historical Foundation, will offer Storm and Recovery tours, providing an overview of Galveston’s extraordinary resilience in the face of natural disasters from past to present. Visitors can see first-hand and on site the effects of the Island’s tempestuous climate, and the often heroic responses the city has made, from the Great Storm of 1900 to the 1915 Storm, Hurricane Carla and Hurricane Ike.  Conducted by a professional guide, the coach tour provides an in-depth look at major sites affected by hurricanes on the island, the challenges as well as the beauties of the island’s natural setting, comprehensive storm-surge statistics, comparisons of Hurricane Ike to previous storms, a detailed overview of the effects on historic structures, beaches, shifts in population, and updates on the island’s remarkable recovery process. 
Approximate time: 1 ½ hour
Departs from Bishop’s Palace, 1402 Broadway, 2 p.m.
$40 per person and includes a ticket to Galveston Historic Homes Tour

May 2
Strand National Historic Landmark District Walking Tour
Guests will enjoy a guided walking tour of the acclaimed downtown Strand National Historic Landmark District. Led by historic preservationist, Anna Mod, this informative tour will discuss the areas 20th century architectural styles and the people responsible for this grand district. Bottled water provided.
Approximate time: 1 ½ hours
Departs from the 1861 U. S. Customs House, 502 20th Street, 10 a.m.
$5 per person

May 3
A Biking Tour of GHF’s Preservation History
Get on your bicycle and join GHF’s Preservation Services Project Coordinator Matt Farragher on this fun and leisurely trip throughout Galveston’s historic neighborhoods. Matt will highlight the more than 50 years of GHF’s preservation efforts and will showcase examples of the foundation’s projects including properties saved through its Revolving Fund, Paint Pals and the Community Housing Development Organization initiative. Protective gear is strongly suggested. Bottled water provided.
Approximate time: 1 ½ hours
Departs from the 1861 U. S. Custom House, 502 20th Street, 10:00 a.m.
$5 per person and requires signed waiver

May 8
A Toast to Preservation: The 2008/2009 Historic Preservation Awards and Cocktail Reception
You are cordially invited to an evening honoring the best in historic preservation and those who make it happen.  Sponsored by GHF’s Preservation Resource Center, the event features awards to recognize projects, craftspeople, and individuals that help to improve the historic architectural stock of Galveston Island. In addition to established categories, new awards will recognize companies or individuals that integrate sustainable materials and technology in retrofitting historic properties, the Galveston Green award; and the Post-IKE Recovery award for individuals/companies that have made significant progress in rehabilitating their respective properties. Also new this year is the Sally Wallace Preservation Advocate Award honoring the memory of a pivotal historic preservation pioneer in the Galveston community. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Cash bar.
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Top Gallant Room in the 1872 T. J. League Building, 2301 The Strand
$30 per person

May 10
Linen and Lace: A Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch
Celebrate Mom at the 6th annual Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch.  Begin your Mother’s Day/Homes Tour Sunday enjoying a delectable and abundant buffet by the area’s well known caterer, Carriage Caterers. The picturesque 1880 German dancing pavilion, Garten Verein, is the setting for this charming tradition. All patrons are automatically entered to win fabulous prize drawings including dinners, gift certificates and framed artwork. Linen or lace is the preferred attire.
10 a.m. to Noon
1880 Garten Verein Pavilion, 2704 Avenue O
$45 and includes a ticket to Galveston Historic Homes Tour

May 10
East End Historic District Walking Tour
Join longtime GHF volunteer and Island Historian, Margaret Doran, for an in-depth tour of the Galveston’s nationally acclaimed East End neighborhood. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark, the East End reflects a variety of styles and periods, the earliest being examples of Greek Revival style built during the 1850s. Early residents represented an economic and social cross-section of the community, also expressed in the dwellings that range from small, simple cottages to large, elaborate houses. Bottled water provided.
Approximate time: 1 ½ hours
Departs from the 1892 Bishop’s Palace, 1402 Broadway, 10 a.m.
$5 per person

Seven Added Attractions

Special added attractions await Galveston Historic Homes Tour ticket holders during the tour weekends. Present your tour ticket for admission to:

1877 Tall Ship ELISSA

Pier 21 (21st and Harborside Drive)
Free Admission
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

1892 Bishop’s Palace
1402 Broadway
Adults $8; Students (7-18) $6; Children 5 and under, free
Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., tours on the half-hour

1867 Quigg-Baulard Cottage/Headquarters of The Mary Moody Northen Foundation

2628 Broadway
Free admission
Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

1916 Mary Moody Northen Honeymoon Cottage

2902 Broadway
Free admission
Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

1895 Moody Mansion
2618 Broadway
Half-priced admission during the month of May for Homes Tour ticket holders
Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., tours on the hour

1890 Marx and Blum Building – Davidson Ballroom
2327 Ship’s Mechanic Row
Free admission
Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

1838 Michel B. Menard House
1605 33rd Street
$3 admission
Open Noon to 4 p.m.

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