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.
Hours of Operation
Monday thru Friday: 8:30am - 5pm
Note: Hours may be seasonal and subject to change.