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Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Hendley's Row

 
 
Hendley's Row Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, May 2, 2013
1. Hendley's Row Marker
Inscription. The commercial house of William Hendley & Co. was established in 1845 by William Hendley (1798-1873), his brother Joseph J. Hendley (d. 1887), John L. Sleight (1810-73), and Phillip Gildersleeve (1819-53). At the same time, they started the Texas and New York Packet Line with the firm of Brower and Neilson of New York, using a fleet of fast sailing ships. As brigs were withdrawn, the Hendleys and J.H. Brower built more suitable vessels of greater capacity and lighter draft. The firm spent $320,100 in just over ten years to lead in the growth of Galveston's maritime commerce.

The company had this three-story Greek revival commercial row built in 1855-58. It is comprised of four buildings, originally similar on the interior. Separated by fire walls, they share a uniform brick facade. The columns, cornices, and ornamentation are made of granite.

The row's cupola, since removed, served as a lookout post for both Confederate and Federal forces during the Civil War. After the war, Hendley's mercantile firm returned to the block. The row later housed offices of the First National Bank of Galveston, Col. William Moody, the U. S. Corps of Engineers, the retail firm of Greenleve, Block & Co., and other businesses.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark-1981

 
Erected
Verbose Marker Erected by the City of Galveston for Hendley's Row image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, May 2, 2013
2. Verbose Marker Erected by the City of Galveston for Hendley's Row
1981 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 7487.)
 
Location. 29° 18.482′ N, 94° 47.483′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is on Strand Street west of 20th Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2010 Strand Rear Street, Galveston TX 77550, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mallory-Produce Building (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); C. F. Marschner Building (about 500 feet away); American National Insurance Company (about 500 feet away); Trueheart-Adriance Building (about 600 feet away but has been reported missing); The Stewart Building (about 700 feet away); Juneteenth (about 700 feet away); Battle of Galveston (about 700 feet away); First Navy of the Republic of Texas (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Galveston.
 
Also see . . .  Hendley Market Website. (Submitted on May 5, 2013, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Hendley's Row image. Click for full size.
circa 1860
3. Hendley's Row
Corps of Engineers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, May 2, 2013
4. Corps of Engineers Marker
Located Near the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, May 2, 2013
5. Located Near the Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 359 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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