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Isaac H. and Henrietta Kempner House

 
 
Isaac H. and Henrietta Kempner House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Evans, August 17, 2019
1. Isaac H. and Henrietta Kempner House Marker
Inscription.  At the time of his death in 1894 Polish immigrant Harris Kempner, age 57, was a leading Galveston businessman with interests in banking, insurance, railroads, and cotton. Isaac Herbert Kempner, age 21 and the eldest of Harris Kempner's eight children, took over his father's many businesses. In 1902 Isaac married Henrietta Blum, daughter of a prominent Galveston businessman.

Isaac Kempner became an important businessman in his own right and after the devastating storm of 1900 demonstrated exceptional civic leadership in his efforts to rebuild Galveston's entire infrastructure. From 1917 to 1919 he served as Galveston city mayor.

In 1904 the Kempners purchased three lots here on Broadway, Galveston's most fashionable boulevard. This imposing two-story neoclassical style house was designed by local architect Charles W. Bulger and completed in 1906. The house features colossal Corinthian columns and extensive use of art glass in its windows and large single entry door with transom and sidelights. In 1924 additional lots became available on the west side and a two-story concrete and stucco wing designed by noted Houston architect
Isaac H. and Henrietta Kempner House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Evans, August 17, 2019
2. Isaac H. and Henrietta Kempner House
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John F. Staub was added. The house remained in the Kempner family until 1970.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark-1995

 
Erected 1994 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 7505.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1904.
 
Location. 29° 18.158′ N, 94° 46.992′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway Avenue J (State Highway 87) and 15th Street, on the right when traveling west on Broadway Avenue J. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1502 Broadway, 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. John and Eliza Hertford House (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Paul United Methodist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Carl and Hilda Biehl House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Thomas Chubb House (about 400 feet away); The Bishop's Palace (about 400 feet away); Julius H. Ruhl Residence (about 400 feet away); Powhatan and Mattie Wren House (about 500 feet away); Former Site of Heidenheimer's Castle (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
 
Regarding Isaac H. and Henrietta Kempner House. This home is a Recorded Texas Historic
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 19, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 17, 2019, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 120 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 17, 2019, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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May. 24, 2022