The flamboyant octagonal Garten Verein (Garden
Club) was the center of 19th-century refined social
life in Galveston. Lit at night like a fairy lantern,
dancing couples would swirl within as German
waitresses served beer steins and sandwiches.
Built by Galveston's prosperous German
community — but open to anyone who could
afford the modest membership — the whimsically
designed Victorian pavilion flew the flags of all
nations, and sported a bowling green, exotically
landscaped park, croquet grounds, an ornate
fountain, and even a genteel zoo.
businessman Stanley Kempner bought the site in
1923 and donated it to the city as a public park
dedicated to his parents.
In 1998, the Kempner
Fund provided a $1 million restoration grant for
the fanciful pavilion.
Not open for touring,
although it is available for private parties.
The unusual octagonal design of the historic Garten Verein pavilion is perfect for entertaining, providing unobstructed views and ample floor space. Facilities include a caterer's prep room, stage, dance floor, restrooms and adjacent parking.
Galveston Historical Foundation's properties offer unique and affordable locations for your party, wedding, luncheon, dinner or business meeting. For reservation information, call (409)765-7834. Or to have a brochure sent to you, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.