Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Thomas Jefferson League Building
Thomas Jefferson League (1834-74) had this building constructed in 1871, putting the final touches on the structure when a new galvanized iron cornice was installed on October 8, 1872, after a storm damaged the new building at the corner of Tremont and the Strand. It was built on the site of the old "Moro Castle", a fashionable public bar newly refurbished as the Cohn Brothers clothing emporium when it was set on fire during a robbery on December 3, 1869, resulting in the destruction of a large portion of the central business district of that time. League was an attorney and also the son-in-law of Samuel May Williams, one of the leading statesmen of the Texas Republic, a founder of the city of Galveston, a wharf developer and a banker.
The architectural style of the building is Renaissance Revival. Original iron fronts on the League Building were cast by the Southern Ornamental Iron Works of New Orleans. The second and third floors are of Houston brick, and originally the structure was crowned with a galvanized iron cornice.
The building was originally divided into three stores occupied by: I. Bernstein & Co., clothiers,
In 1973, the Galveston Historical Foundation purchased the building through its Strand Revolving Fund. In 1976, the building was sold with preservation deed restrictions to George and Cynthia Mitchell for development as a restaurant and shops on the first floor, and offices on the upper floors. The restoration of the exterior has been assisted by a grant from the Texas Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features. A significant historical year for this entry is 1871.
Location. 29° 18.425′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2301 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. 1871 Thomas Jefferson League Building (a few steps from this marker); Saengerfest Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Greenleve, Block & Co. Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Magale Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Merchants Mutual Insurance Company Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Galveston Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Rice, Baulard & Company Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Armour & Company Building (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
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