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

Powhatan and Mattie Wren House

 
 
Powhatan and Mattie Wren House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, November 10, 2019
1. Powhatan and Mattie Wren House Marker
Inscription.  

In 1873, Edward Sylvester paid W.C. Crookshank to build a side-gabled cottage with galleries that ran the length of the north and south sides of the house. Originally, there was a small building at the back of the lot most likely used as a kitchen. Sylvester and his wife Lydia lived in the house for several years before they sold it to Powhatan and Mattie (Campbell) Wren.

Powhatan Wren was born in Powhatan County, Virginia in 1842 and moved to Galveston by 1867. He worked for the Galveston, Houston & Harrisburg Railroad as a freight agent, and later as a city clerk and county clerk, and as chief clerk of the U.S. Customs House. To make his home large enough for his family, which included six children, Wren hired Robert B. Garrett in 1885 to enlarge, remodel and update the house with Victorian details to its present form. The house has kept its appearance since that time.

The 1900 hurricane obliterated most of the neighborhoods between Broadway and the Gulf of Mexico, but this house survived. After the city completed construction on the first section of the seawall in 1904, workers raised the house so fill could be
Powhatan and Mattie Wren House image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, November 10, 2019
2. Powhatan and Mattie Wren House
The marker is just off camera to the left in this view of the house.
pumped under the structure. The house remained in the family until 1921, then passed through a series of owners and divided into a duplex in the 1930s, when leaseholders began to open businesses in the lower level. The structure remained rental property through many of the subsequent years. Located in Galveston's historic East End, the eclectic styled house features a side-gabled roof, shiplap wood siding, a gallery porch and central door with sidelights.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark – 2007
Marker is property of the State of Texas

 
Erected 2007 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14023.)
 
Location. 29° 18.152′ N, 94° 46.907′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway and 15th Street, on the right when traveling east on Broadway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1403 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. The Bishop's Palace (within shouting distance of this marker); Carl and Hilda Biehl House (within shouting distance of this marker); Sacred Heart Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Wegner House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Rt. Rev. Monsignor Marius Etienne Chataignon
Lawn Jockey at street in front of house image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, November 10, 2019
3. Lawn Jockey at street in front of house
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Isaac H. and Henrietta Kempner House (about 500 feet away); Thomas Chubb House (about 500 feet away); John and Eliza Hertford House (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 12, 2019, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 47 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 12, 2019, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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