Galveston Historical Foundation’s 1892 Bishop’s Palace will open its doors for a special Victorian Sweetheart Tour on Tuesday, February 14th and 5:45 pm. The tour will feature champagne and chocolate and will include a discussion on the history of Victorian courting. Bishop’s Palace is located at 1402 Broadway. Tickets are $30 per person and limited to 30 guests.



Bishop’s Palace, also known as the Walter and Josephine Gresham House, is one of the island’s best known and most popular tourist attractions. Bishop’s Palace is recognized as one of the nation’s most important late 19th century Victorian residences. Nicholas Clayton, Texas’ most accomplished architect of the period, designed the house for the Gresham family. In 1921, Galvestonians raised money to buy the house for the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese to make it the home of Bishop Byrne.

GHF purchased the property in 2013 from the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese. The foundation is the third owner of the property and assumed management in 2007. It welcomes over 65,000 local, national and international visitors each year.

4 Responses

  1. George

    I want to buy some of the old roof tiles from the Bishop’s Palace. I’ve been asking since I heard it was going to need replacing. No one ever gets back to me.

  2. James Vanecek

    Ya! I is looking at this Galveston Historical Foundation for any records of my family’s last name: Vanecek. Far I know, 3 different Vanecek families settled in Texas in late 1800’s and/or early 1900’s. One settled in north of Austin, tx (in and around Granger, Taylor and Jarrell, tx. Both of my parents are from these areas) East texas and the other in middle of San Patrico county (So. Central tx) and this is where I hail from. Something like that!!!! Any small or large info would be appreciated. Ya got my email gmail. Thanks a much!!!


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