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

Davidson Building

1890

 
 
Davidson Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 14, 2018
1. Davidson Building Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  
During the last quarter of the 19th century Galveston Island was a major center of commerce for the Southwestern United States. Finished goods arrived at Galveston's natural deep water port from across the world, while cotton and other raw materials left the port for the East Coast, England and Europe. Local businessmen prospered as the population of Texas and the Southwest grew.

Imported goods filled the shelves of local mercantile houses ready for sale and shipment to the rest of Texas and the Southwest. Banks, cotton traders and merchants prospered. As the city's wealth grew, successful businessmen built grand homes and mansions for their families and handsome buildings downtown for their businesses. Such was the case with the elegant Davidson Building.

The corner portion of the building was constructed in 1890, and sold the same year to Marx and Aaron Blum for their wholesale hat and shoe company, Marx and Blum. The four-story building was headquarters for these well-known local businessmen until 1902, when they sold the property and adjoining lot to Simeon P. Mistrot. Mistrot specialized in ladies' ready made clothing, shoes and dry goods.

After the building was damaged by the 1900 storm. Mistrot did major remodeling, using materials from the top two floors of the original 1890 structure to construct the adjoining building.
Davidson Building Marker (<i>tall view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 14, 2018
2. Davidson Building Marker (tall view)
Today, the two building interiors are indistinguishable. A closer look at the exterior, reveals the subtle differences between the 1890 and 1905 buildings.

Jake and Harry E. Davidson purchased the building in 1927 for their dry goods business and continued to operate in the location for over 30 years, when the properly was sold to Abe, Ben, Louis and Sol Druss and their sister, Rebecca Druss Buck. The Druss family held the property lot 41 years, using it primarily as a furniture warehouse. In 1994, the survivors and heirs of the original Druss buyers, sold the property to George and Cynthia Mitchell.

The Mitchells completed the restoration and adaptations of the building for use by The Tremont House as an elegant ballroom and meeting space. The Davidson building re-opened once again, with the celebration of Mardi Gras! Galveston in 1995.
 
Location. 29° 18.36′ N, 94° 47.696′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is on Ship Mechanic Row Street west of 23rd Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located on the sidewalk, directly in front of the Davidson Building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2300 Ship Mechanic Row Street, Galveston TX 77550, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Powell Arch (a few steps from this marker); Mardi Gras in Galveston (a few steps from this marker); Leon & H. Blum Co. Building (within shouting distance of this
Davidson Building Marker detail (<i>side 2; Marx & Blum wholesale hat & show company, c1890</i>) image. Click for full size.
3. Davidson Building Marker detail (side 2; Marx & Blum wholesale hat & show company, c1890)
marker); The Tremont Houses (within shouting distance of this marker); Rice, Baulard & Company Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Washington Hotel (about 300 feet away); 1871 Thomas Jefferson League Building (about 400 feet away); Hutchings, Sealy & Co. (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
 
Regarding Davidson Building. The 1890 Davidson Building now serves as the Tremont House Hotel Ballroom. The Tremont House Hotel is located directly across Ship Mechanic Row Street to the north.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Davidson Building Marker (<i>side 2; wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 14, 2018
4. Davidson Building Marker (side 2; wide view)
Davidson Building Marker (<i>wide view; Powell Mardi Gras Arch in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 14, 2018
5. Davidson Building Marker (wide view; Powell Mardi Gras Arch in background)
Davidson Building (<i>door and iron post detail; marker visible at left</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 14, 2018
6. Davidson Building (door and iron post detail; marker visible at left)
Davidson Building (<i>corner view; Powell Mardi Gras Arch in left foreground; marker at left</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 14, 2018
7. Davidson Building (corner view; Powell Mardi Gras Arch in left foreground; marker at left)
 
 
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