Galveston Historical Foundation
Richard Hass Mural

“Springer Building” Public Art Request For Proposal

Galveston Historical Foundation has announced a request for proposal for a public art project. This public art mural, located at 2117-2123 Strand (aka the Springer Building) is open to any artist or team of artists interested in re-creating a 1976 Richard Hass Trompe L’oeil. Interested applicants may submit a proposal in accordance with the Application Requirements provided below.


Length: approximately 84 linear feet Height: Approximately 40 feet and 52 feet

Select a dedicated and qualified artist or artist team who can demonstrate artistic excellence while completing this project on time and within budget. The goal of this project is to re-create the original Victorian façades Trompe L’oeil completed in 1976 by Richard Hass. The Trompe L’oeil was, unfortunately, covered in 2019 when the current owner was re-painting the buildings. The original mural was created as a byproduct of the 1975 Venturi Action Plan for the Strand in Galveston, Texas. The plan identified goals used to guide the district’s revitalization during the next several decades.

The Strand was a popular location for major businesses throughout the 19th Century, attracting banks, wholesalers, merchants, cotton brokers, newspapers, and businesses. The buildings are exquisite examples of Victorian architecture and represent one of the country’s largest collection of cast iron historic commercial buildings. GHF holds covenants on several buildings on the Strand including the Springer Building.


The space designated for this mural are two continuous façades, 2-story and 3-story, on the South side of Strand Street (Avenue B) in Galveston, Texas. Images of the location and dimensions of the wall are on attachment A of this RFP. The wall surface is regular, consisting of stucco. The façades were recently repaired with a new stucco layer applied to the façade and a new base coat. The façade is currently interrupted by a covered metal walkway and balcony.


  • Letter of Interest.
  • A narrative and design illustrating the concept of the proposal is required for each submission. Provide all information regarding the proposed art work such as dimensions, material(s) to be used, source of materials, method to be used to anchor the piece to the wall (if applicable), timeline for completion, budget, projected maintenance needs, etc.
  • All proposal components must be in digital format. All files most be contained within one PDF file. The online form to submit proposals can be found at galvestonhistory.org.
  • There is no submission fee and artists/artist teams may submit more than one application.
  • The project budget shall include the artist(s) fee, supplies, travel‐related expenses, and all other associated costs. Use attached budget sheet. Accommodations are available for out of town artists if applicable.
  • Timeframe to complete the project.
  • Images of previously completed works are required, accompanied by information regarding dimensions, materials, budget and location of other public works. Contact information for references is encouraged.
  • Provide proof of General Liability Insurance for the artist(s).
  • The submission deadline is November 2, 2020, 5:00PM CST.
  • Questions may be submitted to: Laura.Bourgeois@galvestonhistory.org


Term of Contract. The period of any contract resulting from this RFP is tentatively scheduled to begin on or about the date agreed upon by both parties.


Proposals will be reviewed by a group of jurors. Galveston Historical Foundation is not obligated to award a contract from among the proposals received in response to this RFP. GHF reserves the right to enter into a contract without further discussion of the proposal submitted based on the initial offers received.

GHF will acquire all required permits and approval from the City and owner.

Compensation, insurance and all other issues associated with the completion of the mural will be included in the contract between the artist(s) and GHF.


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