Island Landmark Commission Gives Back with Service Project
Commissioners will Celebrate National Preservation Month with Local Service
Galveston, TX – On Saturday, Galveston Landmark Commissioners will put down their gavels and pick up hammers as part of a local community service project. The group will remove a chain link fence and install a new wooden picket fence at a home in the Island’s East End Historic District to commemorate National Preservation Month.
This one-day volunteer project coincides with Galveston’s Historical Homes Tour organized by the Galveston Historical Foundation. “We hope this project will build awareness about historical preservation,” stated Michael Culpepper, Chair of Galveston’s Landmark Commission. “We intentionally selected this weekend so that visitors attending the tour could see historic preservation in action! We hope to make this an annual project.”
WHAT: Galveston Landmark Commission Annual Service Project
WHEN: 8AM – 3PM
WHERE: 1005 Church – East End Historical District
May is National Preservation Month – a nationally designated month to commemorate and celebrate historical treasures in communities across the U.S. The East End Historical District, the oldest historical district in Galveston, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 and was designated a National Historic Landmark. The neighborhood has one of the largest collections of Victorian architecture in the entire U.S.
Several local businesses and individuals contributed to the success of this project. The City of Galveston would like to recognize Ideal Lumber, Devoe Paint, Islander By Choice, LLC, and local realtor Tom Schwenk for their support and partnership.
The City of Galveston’s Landmark Commission oversees four historic districts: the East End Historic District; the Silk Stocking Historic District; the Strand/Mechanic Historic District; and the Lost Bayou Historic District. Combined these four districts comprise nearly 15% of the Island’s historic structures.