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1861 Custom House
502 20th St.
GalvestonTX 77550
Phone: (409)765-7834

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Photo This elegant Greek Revival public building is thought to be the first building in Galveston designed by an architect. Building crews rushed to finish the building before Texas seceded from the Union, completing construction in a record four and a half months. It probably withstood shelling during the Battle of Galveston, and was the site of a "bread riot," when wives of absent Confederate soldiers stormed the building demanding flour. Union troops raised a flag of victory over the Custom House three days before the war officially ended.

It has functioned as a post office and courthouse, and now serves as proud home to the Galveston Historical Foundation, the state's oldest historic preservation group, and a powerful force for creating the Galveston of today that so well preserves the Galveston of yesterday.

Currently this is the location of the Galveston Historical Foundation Headquarters; open during business hours and available for rentals.

Rental Information
This magnificently renovated structure is available for a variety of functions. The second-floor courtroom provides an ideal setting for seated dinners as well as buffets or receptions. Additional space for entertaining is available in the hall. The upstairs galleries make a lovely addition to the interior space, weather permitting. Facilities include a caterer's prep room and restrooms.

Galveston Historical Foundation's properties offer unique and affordable locations for your party, wedding, luncheon, dinner or business meeting. For reservation information, call (409)762-3933. Or to have a brochure sent to you, please send an email to foundation@galvestonhistory.org.

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