This blue and white Victorian is known as the Lovenberg House in Galveston, Texas. According to the listing, it was built in 1877 in the Italianate style that was popular on the island during that era.
Joni wrote about this historic house on her blog Cote de Texas back in 2008: “Since this house is a survivor of the Great Storm of 1900, it was raised after the hurricane, as all surviving houses were.”
She took this photo of it at the time, when it appears to have been more gray than blue:
She wrote, “When the Great Storm of 1900 leveled Galveston, taking 6,000 to 8,000 souls in its wake, it was a major city with a large population and a booming port.” Houses that survived bear this plaque (a photo Joni took at another property, not the Lovenberg House):
It’s apparently not uncommon to see shutters on old houses like this closed in the neighborhood during the hottest days of the summer:
The house has 3,210 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.
The listing says: “Designed by Nicholas Clayton, this two-story Victorian home features unique double gallery porches with an open-gabled upper porch.”
Clayton was a prominent Victorian-era architect in Galveston who designed many grand religious and public buildings in the area.
The listing continues: “The front parlors have original pressed tin ceilings and moldings.”
The kitchen is kind of cavernous with those ceilings. Lots of potential for a big room like this. What would you do with it?
It’s on the market for $399,000. Circa Old Houses has all the photos and information. Visit Cote de Texas to learn more about the historic district in Galveston with photos of other beautiful old houses in the area, too.
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