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1892 Bishop’s Palace

The 1892 Bishop’s Palace, a Victorian castle was cited by the American Institute of Architects as one of the 100 most important buildings in the United States. Located in the East End Historic District, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the most magnificent Victorian residences in the country.

Before the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900, Galveston was the largest city in Texas and one of the wealthiest in the South. Colonel Walter Gresham, a lawyer and lobbyist, commissioned the grandest mansion for himself, his wife and nine children. Though described as Victorian due to the time it was constructed, it uses a combination of architectural styles and materials.

The four-story, hand-crafted house contains beautiful antiques, unusual fireplaces, stained glass windows and its own chapel.

The mansion withstood the storm and housed hundreds of survivors after it.

Eventually, the house was purchased in 1921 as a residence for Bishop Christopher Byrne, resulting in its current name.

Visitor Tips

Guests can choose to do a self-guided audio tour or choose at an additional fee to do their extended tour with a tour guide that allows visitors to see the third floor.

Part of the fee in visiting the Bishop’s Palace goes to renovations.

1892 Bishop’s Palace
1402 Broadway Avenue J
Galveston, Texas 77550
(409) 762-2475
http://www.galvestonhistory.org/attractions/architectural-heritage/bishops-palace

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