“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

The Stewart Building

The Stewart Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, July 29, 2012
1. The Stewart Building Marker
Inscription. Julius Kauffman (1856-1935) and Julius Runge (1851-1906), second generation owners of a commission firm established in 1842, had architect Eugene T. Heiner design this renaissance revival building in the north Italian mode. Contractor Robert Palisser completed the structure in 1882. Then known as the world's foremost cotton exporters and the initiators of coffee imports from Brazil, Kauffman-Runge also brought significant numbers of settlers to Texas. They housed commodities on the building's ground floor, and had offices above. Many highly-respected Galveston firms had business quarters here.

In 1905 the property was bought by Maco Stewart (1871-1938), who redesigned the interior to create a gallery effect with an arched skylight on the top floor. A foresighted, dynamic lawyer, Maco Stewart in 1908 founded Stewart Title Guaranty Company, now (1978) the largest title firm in Texas. Throughout expansion across the United States, it continuously had offices in this structure of its origin.

Stewart Title Company has restored the building, replacing the ornate cornice which had been missing since the famous 1900 Galveston storm.
Erected 1978 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11568.)
Location. 29° 18.409′ 
The Stewart Building image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, July 29, 2012
2. The Stewart Building
The marker is behind the pickup truck
N, 94° 47.579′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is at the intersection of 22nd Street and Mechanic Street, on the right when traveling north on 22nd Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Galveston TX 77550, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Trueheart-Adriance Building (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); Juneteenth (within shouting distance of this marker); Mallory-Produce Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1871 Thomas Jefferson League Building (about 500 feet away); Leon & H. Blum Co. Building (about 600 feet away); Hendley's Row (about 700 feet away); Hutchings, Sealy & Co. Buildings (about 800 feet away); American National Insurance Company (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Galveston.
Categories. Notable Buildings
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 275 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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