“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Baden-Sproule House

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Photographed By Jim Evans, September 9, 2012
1. Baden-Sproule House Marker
Inscription.  Designed by noted Galveston architect Nicholas J. Clayton, this house was built in 1899 by Ida B. Baden on land once known as Thomas Borden's farm. West Island landowner John D. Settle sold Miss Baden the land and assisted her in the architectural arrangements. A wealthy property owner, Baden owned considerable stock in the Galveston Wharf Company, which was highly unusual. She died in 1906 at 43, following a sudden illness in her uptown residence, 2407 Avenue E. Her sister of Boston inherited the estate.

The house was sold in 1913 to Benno Sproule, the principal in an ocean freight brokerage business. Following Sproule's death in 1932, his family continued to occupy the home until 1959.

A fine example of the Queen Anne style of architecture, the house features a wraparound veranda with paired turned posts. Bow windows can be seen at the first and second floor levels, and fishscale shingles appear on the second floor. A balconette in the front gable exhibits a Palladian-inspired motif. Outstanding features also include the paneled and pedimented fireplace back and corbelled chimney caps. The home stands as an important
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element of Galveston's development and architectural history.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark-1989

Erected 1989 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 58.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1899.
Location. 29° 17.229′ N, 94° 48.314′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is at the intersection of 37th Street and Avenue P 1/2, on the right when traveling south on 37th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1919 37th St, 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. Williams-Tucker House, 1837-40 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Samuel May Williams (about 400 feet away); Thomas Henry Borden (about 700 feet away); Dr. Frederick K. and Lucy Adelaide Fisher House (about 800 feet away); Gail Borden, Jr. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Powhatan House (approx. ¼ mile away); Moody Hall (approx. ¼ mile away); The Mexican Telegraph Company (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
Baden-Sproule House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Evans, September 9, 2012
2. Baden-Sproule House
Credits. This page was last revised on May 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 12, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 773 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on May 19, 2020, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.   2. submitted on September 12, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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