The Bishop’s Palace is an old Victorian place and one of the most interesting and popular attraction in Galveston. Galveston Island is about one hundred miles south of Houston in Texas; the islands was named after the Spanish settlers called Bernardo de Galvez y Madrid or count of Galvez whom arrived in the island in 1816, and in 1825 the port of Galveston was founded.
The Palace was built by an architect by the name of Nicholas Clayton, who designed and built it too, for the then tycoon of the railroad Walter Gresham and his wife Josephine and it the construction started in 1886 and it was finished in 1892, in fact it used to be known as the Gresham Castle. But between the years of 1921 through the mid 1960’s the place was occupied by the Archbishop of the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese and therefore the new name.
The building is built from Texas granite, white limestone and red sandstone on the outside and the interior has different exceptional woods such as rosewood, white mahogany, satin wood, oak and maple which make it very ornate and beautiful to look at. The inside also has columns made of Sienna marble that give a grand style entrance hall, and then going on to the first floor has high ceilings and the stairwell is high as well and you can see the stained glass on all the sides and now the stairs are lit by a large skylight.
The architect designed the house in a Victorian style but with the addition of a more castle-like atmosphere with all the details and different combinations of premium materials and a good roofing system, and with the steel and stone it survived the Great Storm of 1900 and then had some damage done in the basement when Ike hit in 2008.
You can have a tour, which lasts an hour, of the palace and the times are from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. every day and the tickets are $10 for adults and children under the age of 5 go in for free and the Bishop’s Palace is located at 1402 Broadway.
So next time you are in Galveston and wish to do a more historical tour of the city after the beach and you only have time for one tour this should be the tour to take, and it was named by the American Association of Architects as the 14th most important Victorian building in the country.