Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Hutchings, Sealy & Co.
This impressive building contains grey and pink granite, red Texas sandstone, and buff colored terra cotta. Designed in the Neo-Renaissance style by Galveston architect Nicholas J. Clayton, it was built in 1895 for the banking firm of Ball, Hutchings & Co.
Although the three-story building appears to be a single structure, it actually consists of two adjoining structures made to look like one. The corner structure housed the bank and the easterly building the offices. The two buildings are crowned by an elaborate stone cornice with the Lone Star medallion on panels of the entablature and with the dates 1854 and 1895 in the stonework.
Ball, Hutchings & Co. was established in 1854 with George Ball, John H. Hutchings, and John Sealy as partners. As bankers and dealers in wholesale dry goods, the firm was the first of its kind in Texas and its influence was felt throughout the state. In 1858, the assets and liabilities of the Samuel May Williams' Commercial and Agricultural Bank, the only chartered bank in Texas prior to the Civil War, were taken over by Ball, Hutchings & Co.
When the Federal blockade closed
The bank was reorganized in 1897 as Hutchings, Sealy & Co. After a merger in 1930 with the South Texas National Bank, the name of the bank was changed to the Hutchings-Sealy National Bank. And in 1958, after a merger with the First National Bank of Galveston, to First Hutchings-Sealy National Bank of Galveston. Based on these mergers, the bank has the distinction of being the oldest bank in Texas.
In 1933, Hutchings-Sealy National Bank was moved to the Rosenberg Bank at 22nd and Market Streets. In 1956, a new building was constructed for the bank at 22nd and Market. In 1972, a ten story building was erected for the bank between 22nd, 23rd, Market and Mechanic Streets.
American Indemnity Company was founded here in 1913 and occupied the building until 1958. After Hurricane Carla severely damaged its building in 1961, Ursuline Academy held classes here for several years.
The bank has played an important role in Galveston's commercial history. George Ball, John H. Hutchings, John Sealy and George Sealy were influential in many industries including railroads, steamship lines, and the
In 1985, George and Cynthia Mitchel began restoration of this landmark.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1897.
Location. 29° 18.422′ N, 94° 47.716′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is on Strand Street east of 24th Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2326 Strand Street, Galveston TX 77550, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hutchings, Sealy & Co. Buildings (here, next to this marker); Nicholas J. Clayton (a few steps from this marker); Mitchell Street (a few steps from this marker); Merchants Mutual Insurance Company Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Magale Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Greenleve, Block & Co. Building (within shouting distance of this marker); 1871 Thomas Jefferson League Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Saengerfest Park (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
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1. Hutchings-Sealy building,. The Hutchings-Sealy building, located on The Strand in Galveston, Texas, is a historic property representing one of the earliest examples of steel frame-based construction in the state. When built, it replaced the original Hutchings-Sealy Bank building, which had an older construction type and was in need of retrofitting. Designed and built in 1895 and 1896, the building has since survived all storms and hurricanes that have passed through the area – including the 1900 storm that devastated surrounding structures and neighborhoods. (Submitted on June 24, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. John Henry Hutchings. In 1859–60 Hutchings, as alderman of Galveston, negotiated the bonds for the first bridge across the bay and was also instrumental in improving the harbor and in bringing the Mallory Steamship Line to Galveston. During the Civil War the firm moved to Houston, where the partners were active in importing arms and other war matériel, exporting cotton, and running the blockade on a large scale. Hutchings also served as state judge and commissioner of the Confederate States court. (Submitted on June 24, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. John Hutchings (John II) Sealy. Sealy received his diploma from Princeton University (Submitted on June 24, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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