The information on this sign is given at the end of this post
Hutchings-Sealy Building (1896)
This is a good example of the Victorian iron-front commercial architecture in the Strand.
Kauffman & Runge Building (1882)
Stewart Title currently occupies this building. I think this is the most beautiful of the Strand historic buildings. It is an example of the 'modern High Victorian version of the Renaissance style'.
Another example of Victorian era architecture
Grand Opera House (1894)
American National Insurance Building
San Luis Resort, Spa and Conference CenterThis is a 30-acre year around beachfront resort on Seawall Boulevard.
Rosenberg Tribute to the Heroes of the Texas Revolution
Ice Manufacturing Plant
Now comes the sad part – photos of Ike damage
Lonely Old mansionI think this is the saddest photo. Today this old mansion is an empty shell but it was once a beautiful, elegant home for a wealthy family
Flagship Hotel and Pier on Seawall BoulevardThis entire hotel and pier must be demolished and rebuilt. Note the huge hole in the upper left side of the hotel.
Fort Crockett Homes
There are over a dozen of these federally owned houses in a 6.4 acre development for sale. The homes were originally part of the Fort Crockett Army base. The buyer must restore two of the houses to their original conditions.
Strand Building by ANICOThis is one of the many buildings heavily damaged in the area of the American National Insurance Building. This heavily damaged building will be demolished.
High Rise Apartment Building by ANICO
Another Damaged Strand Bldg
This is another large Strand building that was severely damaged by Ike.
Large Damaged Home
The Rush at the Menard and Central Wharf, now known as Pier 21, during the 1860's and early 1870's, with the big fleet of 'red' Morgan ships discharging cargo and passengers, with the river boats loading and unloading, was so great that a police officer was kept on duty there all the time.
"At times during a rush there would be a line of drays extending from the steamboat landing at Central Wharf as far up town as the corner of Strand and 22nd streets, and it required the services of policemen to keep them straightened out.
"During the year 1871 no less than 41,670 passengers by sea landed in Galveston, the majority of them coming in the Morgan Line steamships, although there were some from New York by the Mallory steamers and a few hundred from Bremen by sailing vessels." (Galveston Daily News, Oct. 25, 1908)
As of 1874 "The number of entrances of foreign and coastwise vessels in Galveston harbor yearly varies from 700 to 1,400 …. The imports are salt, coffee, crockery, iron and tin, and a steady current of sturdy Germans …. The importation of lumber from Florida, Louisiana, and Northern ports employs a large number of vessels …. Steamships loaded with cotton run regularly between Galveston and Liverpool, and, and returning, bring back English, Irish and Scotch emigrants …. The steamship line between New York and Galveston carries about 95% of all the merchandise sent into Texas from New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Baltimore. The foreign trade of the port is increasing with wonderful rapidity …." (Edward King, Texas 1874)
The Strand, in the late 1800's, was dubbed "The Wall Street of the Southwest". It was a street of opulent Victorian buildings with 5 banks, wholesale houses, grocers, liquor and cigar dealers, cotton factors, commission merchants, insurance companies, printers and 8 newspapers, dry goods companies, steam and sail ship agencies, auction houses, a fair sprinkling of saloons and sailor boarding houses.
With all its wealth, bustle and business, Galveston was one of the richest cities in the world per capita. Before the end of the century, The Strand was not only the financial heart of Galveston and Texas – but of much of the Southwest as well.