Bishop’s Palace, a Galveston Historic House

If you’re interested in architectural history, you’ve come to the right place at Stella Mare RV Resort, close to Bishop’s Palace. Sure, Galveston is well known for our beautiful beaches but on those days when you’re not able to hit the beach, but still want to get out, keep in mind the amazing history of the region and check out some great structures.

Historic Houses 1892 Bishop’s Palace Edition

Located in the East End Historic District, you’ll find a National Historic Landmark, Bishop’s Palace also known as the Gresham House. It was built between 1887 and 1892 for Colonel Walter Gresham and his wife. The colonel was an attorney and entrepreneur who came to Galveston after the Civil War.

The house, designed by Nicholas Clayton, was a bit of an anomaly amongst the other houses in style and period. It is a Victorian home, but is specifically Chateausque, a derivative of the French Revival style. However, Clayton expanded on this architectural style by adding Romanesque and Tudor elements.

Bishops Palace in Galveston

Interior Design

The interior is equally exotic with Sienna marble columns in the entrance hall. The first-floor ceilings are fourteen feet high, coved, and coffered. You’ll find an octagonal mahogany stairwell that is forty feet tall with stained glass on five sides.

The house also has extensive stained glass, wood carvings, and decorative plaster ceilings and walls. You can schedule special tours to see parts of the home that are usually off limits as well. Consider contacting Bishop’s Palace to get a basement to attic tour.

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