Join GHF for this special series of tours, showing off the beauty of the 1892 Bishop’s Palace by the light of their holiday and Christmas tree decorations! Tours will be held on Saturday, December 9, 16 and 23 from 6-7 p.m. at the 1892 Bishop’s Palace, 1402 Broadway. Advance registration is encouraged.


The Bishop’s Palace (a.k.a. Gresham House) is a contributing building in the East End Historic District, a National Historic Landmark. The house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places at the national level of significance in the area of architecture. Architectural historians list the Bishop’s Palace (Gresham House) as one of the most significant of Victorian residences in the country.

The house was built from 1887 to 1892 for Colonel Walter Gresham and his wife Josephine, with whom he had nine children. The small lot and oversized house make it an anomaly among similar houses of its period and architectural style. In Galveston’s great period of mansion building – the 1870s, 80s and 90s – Gresham’s commission of Nicholas Clayton, Galveston’s premier architect, resulted in Clayton’s most spectacular residential design and arguably the finest of the “Broadway beauties.”

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