The elegant Runge House was constructed in 1915 as the home of Luis Herman and Anita Foche Runge and their five children. Designed by the New York architectural firm Crow, Lewis & Wickenhoefer and built in an eclectic Mediterranean Revival style, the distinctive residence is an architectural blending of French, Italian and Spanish styles that reflect the Runge family's international interest. In 1845, Henry Runge arrived in Texas from Germany where he established the first private unincorporated bank in Texas. He moved his family to Galveston in 1866 where he operated a business under the name Kaufmann and Runge, now known as the Stewart Title located on Market and 22nd Street, with major interest in shipping, banking, and merchandising. Elizabeth Runge, the granddaughter of Henry, sold her home of 71 years to the University of Texas Medical Branch which was restored for the president of the university. It has been privately owned since 2006.
Signature Weddings & Stylish Events
There are two locations that are available for weddings and receptions. The back property is 5,000 square foot of expansive lawn with a beautiful pergola 21 x 12 which is covered in antique roses as the focal point. This would be the area for the wedding that would allow the bride to arrive by horse-drawn carriage or antique automobile. The other area is surrounding the swimming pool which would be a perfect location for guests to arrive prior to the ceremony where they could enjoy a cold beverage and hors d'oeuvres. Once the wedding is about to begin, the guests would be escorted through the tropical gardens on a winding walkway to the back lawn where the wedding will take place. The grounds could seat up to 100 guests.
The cost of the back garden only, will cost $500 and will include the following:
- White Pergola
- Dressing room
- His and hers bathrooms for guests
- Entry and grand foyer for pictures
Your guests will enter through the front gates of the estate and will be escorted through the tropical gardens. The total time allowed for the ceremony is 1 1/2 hours.
Option 1 plus the use of the swimming pool area for the greeting your guests and the groomsmen area with pool table and 50 inch TV. A cost of $1,000 will allow you with a total of 3 hours to enjoy the grounds.
All of the above plus an additional 3 hours which will give you 6 hours to host a beautiful sit-down reception dinner after your wedding for a total cost of $1,500
The entire house for the entire day which includes the use of all the 2,000 square feet of the formal areas plus 2 bedrooms and bath to get ready for the big event, along with the groomsman area for a total cost of $3,000.
Arrangements can be made for additional time to set up tents at no extra charge. Extra's would include:
- Use of main house for a rehearsal dinner or other party.
- Garden Chairs
- Number of guest over 100
- A wedding planner is available.
There will be a 20% surcharge on all catering and service.