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

Greenleve, Block & Co. Building

1882

 
 
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Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, May 14, 2018
1. Greenleve, Block & Co. Building Marker
Inscription.  This building, designed by Nicholas J. Clayton, was erected in 1882 for the wholesale drygoods firm of Greenleve, Block & Co. at a cost of $65,000. It was built of Philadelphia pressed brick and cut stone, with supportive and decorative iron columns from the Lee Iron Works of Galveston. Originally, the building was "Four stories high aggregating in height seventy-five feet, in which colored brick was used to, decorate the construction"... a height equivalent today to a seven-story office building. Once there was an elaborate cornice, almost equal to the fifth story, crowned by a gilded spread-winged bird and the national ensign. In 1900, the cornice was destroyed by the great hurricane that devastated the city. In recent years, the fourth story has also been removed because of damage from Hurricane Carla in 1961, and the east and west bays have been closed in.

Greenleve, Block & Co. was organized at the close of the Civil War and sold wholesale drygoods, notions and furnishings as well as boots, shoes and hats. It was one of the largest firms in Galveston, selling throughout Texas as well as Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma. In 1884,
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the firm was reorganized as Block, Oppenheimer & Company, with Louis Block and Leopold Oppenheimer as the principals and Elise Michael, Jacob Sonnentheil and Sylvain Lion as associates.

From 1895 to 1914, the building was occupied by the Galveston Drygoods Company, with Robert Weis, originally of Halff, Weis & Co., as General Manager. Bertrand Adoue was President and Joseph Lobit was Treasurer. The two officers were partners in the Adoue & Lobit Bank, also on the Strand. The Galveston Drygoods Company continued to offer the same line of wholesale drygoods as its predecessors.

Between 1915 and 1919 the building stood vacant and then was occupied from 1919 until 1986 by Flood & Calvert, ship chandlers.

Today this building not only continues to fulfill its original purpose as a business office but also represents an historically important link to the opulent commercial age of colossal Victorian merchant houses which made The Strand the "Wall Street of the Southwest.”
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1882.
 
Location. 29° 18.427′ N, 94° 47.694′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is on Strand Street west of 23rd Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located
Greenleve, Block & Co. Building Marker (<i>side 2</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, May 14, 2018
2. Greenleve, Block & Co. Building Marker (side 2)
Image Courtesy of Rosenberg Library.
along the sidewalk on the north side of Strand Street, just west of Saengerfest Park, directly in front of the subject building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2314 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. Magale Building (a few steps from this marker); 1871 Thomas Jefferson League Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Merchants Mutual Insurance Company Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Hutchings, Sealy & Co. (within shouting distance of this marker); Saengerfest Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Jefferson League Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Hutchings, Sealy & Co. Buildings (within shouting distance of this marker); Nicholas J. Clayton (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
 
More about this marker. Marker consists of two large laser-printed metal plaques, one with text and one with an historic photo, mounted on either side of a five-foot tall post.
 
Also see . . .  Nicholas J. Clayton. Clayton was responsible for so many of the major public, commercial, and residential buildings constructed in Galveston during the 1870s, 1880s, and 1890s that this period in the city's history has been described as the "Clayton
Greenleve, Block & Co. Building Marker<br>(<i>tall view; building front detail on right</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, May 14, 2018
3. Greenleve, Block & Co. Building Marker
(tall view; building front detail on right)
Era." Clayton was a High Victorian architect. His buildings were exuberant in shape, color, texture, and detail. He excelled at decorative brick and iron work. (Submitted on February 28, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Greenleve, Block & Co. Building (<i>marker visible along sidewalk at right</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, May 14, 2018
4. Greenleve, Block & Co. Building (marker visible along sidewalk at right)
Greenleve, Block & Co. Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, May 14, 2018
5. Greenleve, Block & Co. Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 1, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 27, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 301 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 27, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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