“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)

Carl and Hilda Biehl House

Carl and Hilda Biehl House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, August 4, 2017
1. Carl and Hilda Biehl House Marker
Inscription. In 1902, Galveston was still recovering from the most devastating hurricane in recorded history. Many buildings were badly damaged, including the house at 1416 Broadway. In the early 1900s, Carl Christian Biehl immigrated to Galveston from Germany. He founded a shipping company in 1905, now known as Biehl and Company, which serviced Galveston before the port of Houston was established. Carl married Hilda Reymershoffer soon after arriving in Galveston and they had three children.

In 1915, Biehl purchased the damaged home and cleared the site to build a new structure for his family. Designed by noted architect Anton F. Korn, Jr., the home was completed in 1916 in a classical revival architectural style. The construction of the house consisted of brick and concrete to stand up to the hurricanes and strong winds common to Galveston. Kornís design featured a front veranda, original hardwood floors, oak paneling and moldings, and three fireplaces. The exterior was designed to be symmetrical and discreet, a change in aesthetics from Victorian design common before the turn of the century. Some unique features include a spacious attic that was used as a gymnasium for the children and a rare functioning cistern at the back of the house.

Carl passed away in 1936 and Hilda passed ten years later. The home remained in the Biehl
Carl and Hilda Biehl House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, August 4, 2017
2. Carl and Hilda Biehl House Marker
family and was cared for by their daughter, Margaret “Sis” Biehl, a local artist, until her passing in 2008. This historic home survived many hurricanes since 1916 and sits adjacent to the islandís most famous mansion, Bishopís Palace. The architecture and history of the Biehl house create one of Galvestonís most treasured structures.
Erected 2012 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17278.)
Location. 29° 18.171′ N, 94° 46.942′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is on Broadway Avenue J east of 15th Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Next to and immediately west of the Bishop's Palace. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1416 Broadway Ave J, Galveston TX 77550, United States of America.
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); The Rt. Rev. Monsignor Marius Etienne Chataignon (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sacred Heart Church (about 300 feet away); Julius H. Ruhl Residence (about 300 feet away); George Fox House (about 700 feet away); Lasker Home for Children (about 700 feet away); Former Site of Heidenheimer's Castle (about 700 feet away); The Cottage (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
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