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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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Historic Galveston Victorian

Absolutely gorgeous! With over 17,000 square feet - it literally soars to the sky! Beautiful and ornate woodwork and ceilings, beautiful fireplaces, stained glass and numerous... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Dallas
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388 reviews 388 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Absolutely gorgeous! With over 17,000 square feet - it literally soars to the sky! Beautiful and ornate woodwork and ceilings, beautiful fireplaces, stained glass and numerous unique features. Listed as one of the 100 most significant buildings in the US. Loved the self guided audio tour - lots of time to stop and take photographs and enjoy the details. Amazing... More 

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Took the guided tour which is offered once a day. Worth it as the history of the house is every bit as interesting as the architecture. This is a grand example of early 1900's grand architecture in Galveston. The historical trust does a good job of maintaining this property and is continuing to upgrade the restoration. If you are interested... More 

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Galveston Island, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

One of the most unique mansions you will ever tour. The unique architecture and furnishings will stun you. A truly fabulous brick and stone beauty.

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Galveston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Another "must see" in Galveston. A truly magnificent home of a bygone era. The self guided audio tour allows one to visit each room at one's own pace, never feeling rushed. Be sure and visit the gift shop with unique items and wonderful books about Galveston.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Loved the Bishops Palace and loved the history behind how it was built, the family who lived and raised their eleven children on Galveston, architectural features, the stairway (beautiful) and stained glass windows, the 'modern' features included in this 19th century showpiece. There is so much to see and take in, don't make visit too short, be sure to visit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

It was neat to hear about all of the local history. Learned a lot, loved the home and it was a cool spot to go after a hot morning on the beach.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Easy to find as is just on the corner of Broadway which is one of the main streets in Galveston. We had no trouble finding free parking off the street. For the best photo of the exterior go across the street to take the picture. For ticket purchase, enter under the stairs to the basement gift shop. From the Galveston... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Very interesting historic tour Queue was rather long but a nice reading room and gift shop was available

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Klein, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

A group of nine toured the Bishop's palace last Saturday, 5/9. We were running too late for a guided tour so we used the audio tour. It was informative but we were a little impatient to hear quite so much detail, so we didn't hear every word at every station. It's an amazing old building, beautifully restored/preserved, and the grounds... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Love the historic homes in Galveston and this is one of my favorites. Very cool history as well. You can get photos outside and tour the inside. I heard at one point it is also a wedding venue, which I think would be a perfect place to tie the knot. Next to a historic Catholic church as well. If you... More 

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