Sunday, January 5, 2014

Galveston, Oh Galveston

The folks recently made a return visit to Galveston.  They decided to visit Bishop's Palace.  The house was built between 1887 and 1893 for lawyer and politician, Walter Gresham.  It survived the great hurricane of 1900 because it was built of stone and steel.  In 1923, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Galveston purchased the house and it served as the residence of Bishop Christopher E. Byrne who is from Missouri which is our home state.  The cost to built the house was $250,000. The value today is estimated to be over $5.5 million.

The home is quite impressive.  Home tours are given twice a day, but visitors are able to take an audio tour on their own and that is what the folks chose to do since they arrived 2.5 hours before the next tour.

We apologize for the crooked photos.  We fixed all of them, but the changes are not saving and we are tired of playing with it.

Bishop's Palace

Stained windows are throughout the house.

Tulip chandelier which hangs over the foyer.

Impressive fireplaces are located in every room.

The stairway.

The basket holds calling cards from guests.

Photos of the family were displayed in this.

Sitting area.

Ceiling of the above picture.

Dining Room

The wood carving is amazing.

View of windows on the second floor.

Bishop's bedroom.

Chapel across from Bishop's room.

View of staircase from second floor.
Mama said she enjoyed touring this house.  It was a little chilly even though the fireplaces were all running on gas. 

The folks visited a few other places, but we will save that for another day.

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