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Address: 1402 Broadway, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
Phone Number: 409-762-2475
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Ranked among the top 100 homes in the U.S. for its architectural...
Ranked among the top 100 homes in the U.S. for its architectural significance, this ornate 1893 building was the home to the family of Walter Gresham, a former Confederate colonel and U.S. Congressman.
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Really extravagant mansion with incredible woodwork. The self-guided audio tour is part of the price and the information is very good. Great way to spend an hour or so on a rainy... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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Barrington, Illinois
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Barrington, Illinois
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409 reviews 409 reviews
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174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Really extravagant mansion with incredible woodwork. The self-guided audio tour is part of the price and the information is very good. Great way to spend an hour or so on a rainy day (or a break from the sun).

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Austin, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We did the self-guided tour. The house is beautiful and the audio commentary was quite good. The woodwork and paneling in the house is really gorgeous. The only disappointment was that you can't see the 3rd story due to renovations.

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Colwich, Kansas, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

If you love architecture like we do, you must visit the Bishop's Palace. Beautifully restored and maintained. Audio guide makes it self-paced. A true treasure.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We shot a scene for a TV show here. Just a stunning home. The American version of Downton Abbey. Very helpful staff and a pleasure to work with. The architecture is just incredible. Only in the days before income tax could you see this level of opulence.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

If you were with a group that does not appreciate history, go alone. The audio guide is something you really need to listen to and take time to enjoy. Awesome house.

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Hallettsville, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Great tour of a beautiful home. The woodcraft, furniture and painting are luxurious. The stained glass windows are spectacular.

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Ada, Oklahoma
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We picked this to do on a rainy day. The house is beautiful and includes the most impressive stained glass I have ever seen. It cost $37 for four of us...three adults and one child. It lasted about an hour and a half. The only negative, would have liked to have real tour guide. It is audio tour.

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Madras, OR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I liked learning about Galveston history at the same time as viewing incredible architecture. Self-guided tours are available at all times while docent tours are once or twice per day. More people should check out this Galveston site.

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Wichita, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We enjoyed touring the house. The audio tour told lots of interesting facts. We could not see the third floor but there is a tour monthly that does go through the whole house. I wish we could have seen more. The Bishop's chapel room was beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This is a really cool historic house. We took the self-guided audio tour. Beautiful carved wood and stained glass. Fun to do on a rainy day.

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