Although many associate the annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour with the large Victorian homes popular throughout the island, this year’s event will give guests a rare opportunity to view homes not typically featured. Galveston’s Cedar Lawn community will host a special “Homes Tour Happy Hour” where participants can enjoy select wine and cheese pairings and tours of four homes in the Cedar Lawn area from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. Tickets are $50 each and advance registration required.
“The Cedar Lawn happy hour tour opens up a small window into Galveston’s 20th century neighborhoods” says Galveston Historical Foundation Executive Director, Dwayne Jones. “It’s a unique neighborhood plan and a special collection of residential architecture. We are pleased to offer this new special event to allow our homes tour guests to learn more about Galveston.”
Cedar Lawn is Galveston’s first fully planned residential community and the island’s most intact early-to-mid-twentieth century neighborhood. Architectural styles include Spanish Eclectic, Italian Renaissance, French Eclectic, Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, Neoclassical, Prairie School, Craftsman, Contemporary, Ranch Style, Moderne and Mid- Century Modern. The Cedar Lawn Subdivision was included on the National Register of Historic Places in December 2002. It is one of five nationally registered historic districts in Galveston.
The subdivision encompasses nine square blocks, purchased by the Cedar Lawn Company in 1926. Company officers included William L. Moody III, his brother-in-law, Clark Thompson and William D. Haden, Moody’s father-in-law. The location for Cedar Lawn was chosen because of the island’s inevitable growth westward. A round garden in the center of the neighborhood and absence of sidewalks and traffic signs reinforce the dominance of a “community within a community.”
Featured among the homes on tour is the 1952 Salvatore “Sam” Maceo House. This Galveston landmark is classic mid-century California-modern, designed by the architect of Frank Sinatra’s Palm Springs home.