Our co-op recently visited the Bishop's Palace, also know as the Gresham Castle. The house was built from 1887 to 1892 for Colonel Walter Gresham and his wife Josephine. Nicholas Clayton designed the house and today it is one of the finest "Broadway beauties" in Galveston.
Constructed of steel and stone, it survived the Great storm in 1900. Three stories over a raised basement level, with steep roofs and long sculptural chimneys. Typical of Clayton, he used a combination of simple geometric forms in bold massing to create an additional dramatic effect. The house includes abundant stained glass, wood carvings, and decorative plaster ceilings and walls. It is truly a beauty to see.
Located at 1402 Broadway Street in Galveston, TX 77550. Cost is $12 per adult and $9 per child 6-18, children 5 and under are free.