Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Built in 1878 as a commercial venture by Samson Heidenheimer (d. 1891), this building was first occupied by the George Seeligson Wholesale Grocery business. It was leased to H. Marwitz & Co. in 1880. Owned by Hermann Marwitz, the company did business as ship chandlers and wholesale grocers, and remained in operation here until about 1900. Heinrich Mosle & Company, another large wholesale grocery business, next rented the building. Heinrich Mosle (1864-1921), founder of the United Steamship Company, established a direct trade route between Galveston and Latin America. The Mosle Company occupied the building until 1919. In 1920 Galveston native Fred F. Hunter bought the building. It was leased to the C. J. Sweeney Sporting Goods Company until 1923, when Hunter's own business moved into the structure. His printing and stationery firm remained at this location until the 1970s. The Italianate style, thee-story stuccoed masonry commercial structure features Hood molds, pilasters and surfaces scored to resemble stone. An original ornamental cornice was removed, possibly as a result of the 1900 Galveston storm.
Recorded Texas Historic
Erected 1987 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 7485.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 29° 18.383′ N, 94° 47.566′ W. Marker was in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker could be reached from Kempner Street. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 306 Kempner 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 location. Samson Heidenheimer Building (a few steps from this marker); The Stewart Building (within shouting distance of this marker); United States National Bank Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); W. P. Ballinger Law Firm (about 300 feet away); Juneteenth (about 400 feet away); The First National Bank of Galveston (about 400 feet away); The Strand (about 400 feet away); Washington Hotel (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2020, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 70 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on January 8, 2021, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 20, 2020, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.