Galveston Landmarks - June 1st, 2009

The 1900 Great Storm Statue

Stone seats pushed away by Hurricane Ike

The statue is at 48th and Seawall Blvd.

This historical marker did not survive the storm

Marker to the Galveston Seawall and grade raising

Rocks collect at the base of the seawall

Markers to the Seawall Trail and Seawall Boulevard

Seawall Blvd (39th-53rd St) was completed in 1962

Sandy beach still being replenished after Ike

Still no work done on the Flagship since Ike

View of beach around the Flagship entrance

View down seawall and beach away from Flagship

First entrance to Flagship still collapsed

Lower floor of Flagship still boarded up

View of beach and waves underneath the hotel

Straight on view of collapsed ramp

Good ramp is fenced off with barbwire

Graffiti tagging inside exposed rooms

Side view of collapsed ramp

Another view of fenced off ramp

Souvenir shop or maybe a new Hooters is underway

Back in car for a driveby of the Flagship Hotel

Driveby of the new restaurant/gift shop just beyond

Grabbed a oyster/shrimp lunch special at Benno's

Dropped off a 46oz coffee can full of beverage
can pull tabs at the Ronald McDonald House
for children seeking medical treatment

General Sidney Sherman fought at San Jacinto, commanded Galveston for the CSA 1861-1862
and established Texas Railroads

World War II Memorial at Broadway and 23rd Street

Ten Commandments face the World War II Memorial
The 72 ft. Texas Hereos Monument at 25th & Broadway was commissioned by Henry Rosenberg & honors those who fought & died in the Battle of San Jacinto to win freedom for the Republic of Texas from Mexico.
Courage on the far left;   Patriotism & Houston middle frame above row;   Devotion & Austin far right

Honor & Devotion seen on these two sides

Honor at the top pedestal and April 21st, 1836

Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Broadway & 14th St.) The second building for the Parish, built in 1904 after the first was destroyed in the 1900 storm

The church features Moorish, Byzantine, Gothic,
and Romanesque styles

Across 14th St. is the Bishop's Palace

AKA: Gresham's Castle built 1887-1893 for
Col. Gresham, his wife, and seven children

Library of Congress classifies it as one of the 14 most representative Victorian structures in the US

This means no photos inside the building

Cast zinc griffin at the start of the stairway

Inside the grown floor entrance under the stairwell

Stripped out level after Hurricane Ike's flood

The kitchen lies beyond the sheetrock repair

Ike's floodwaters were 3ft, 1900's were 6ft

French lantern converted to electricity

2nd floor balconies with walk-in breezeway windows

Bishop Byrne converted a 3rd floor bedroom
into a chapel with ornate stained glass windows

The chapel is just above the palm tree.
The bishop lived here until his death in 1950

The mansion was opened to the public in 1963
I bet it sold quickly afterwards

Side view from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church

A house directly across Broadway from the
Bishop's Palace is ready for paint

The vast majority of oak trees along broadway
are dead after Hurricane Ike's saltwater flood

A mansion was built 1893-1895 for Mrs. Richard S. Willis who lived here until she died in 1899

William L. Moody, Jr. acquired the house for his family in 1900. He lived there until his death in 1954

The house was on the market during the great storm
I bet interest increased for it greatly afterwards

Widowed daughter Mary Moody Northen acquired the residence from the Moody Foundation and lived in it until three years prior to her death in 1986.

The chimney is still under repair post Hurricane Ike

More dead Broadway Oaks in front of the Mansion