The Bishop’s Palace December 5, 2006Posted by daveintexas in Damn Dog, Politics, Texas.
Built in 1886 for a quarter of a million dollars in 1886 bucks. It’s beautiful.
Col. Walter Gresham commissioned it (an officer in the Confederacy who later became a successful Galveston lawyer). He later became a Congressman and a lawyer who earned a buck or two in Galveston.
Called the Bishop’s Palace because in 1923 it was purchased by the Catholic Diocese of Galveston to become the official residence of the bishop (gr. overseer). Only one ever lived there, the Reverend Christopher Byrne until his death in 1950. Across the street from his church.
I toured it this past Saturday and called one of the tour guides a jerk.
Life sure is funny.
Mrs. Col. Gresham
Window AC in 1886. I’m impressed.
Award winning fireplace in 1890. I didn’t even know they had American Fireplace Idol.
lots of this kind of ornate carving
Stained glass. Coffee and tea I think, maybe some cigar.
Another impressive fireplace.
My favorite part. This is the state seal in the staircase.
You can pull this place in for about 8 million. You’ll have to be persuasive though.