Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
In 1873 John Parker Davie had erected on this corner a four-story sixty-room hotel. Originally the Cosmopolitan, it was renamed the Washington the year after the famous old Washington Hotel at 21st and Mechanic Street burned down in the fire of 1877.
The structure, as pictured here, was a late Greek Revival four-story brick building with simple classic details. The exterior brick walls were stuccoed and scored to resemble stone and sprinkled with marble dust. On the ground floor were French doors with fanlight transoms set in arches. The narrow windows of the upper floors were topped with plain hoodmolds. The entrance to' the hotel was on Mechanic Street.
"On the surface an example of very late Galveston Greek Revival, the Washington Hotel is in fact a combination of styles. How did it happen that a building of this size and importance was built in a style of almost fifty years old… Whatever the answer, the Washington Hotel cements and reflects the love affair with the Greek Revival seen everywhere in the Galveston vernacular architecture of the time - the houses built by carpenters in what was known as the "Galveston style," wrote Howard Barnstone in The Galveston That Was.
John Parker Davie, a native of Wales, was a pioneer businessman of Galveston. A tinner and coppersmith by trade, he came to Galveston in 1838 and started in the hardware business with W.R. Wilson in a small wooden building on the east side of Tremont between Strand and Mechanic Street, the same building where the first issues of The Galveston
Largely vacant since 1973, the two buildings were bought in 1978 by the Revolving Fund of the Galveston Historical Foundation and sold with deed restrictions to George and Cynthia Mitchell in 1982. After surviving Hurricane Alicia, both structures were severely damaged by a fire on August 26, 1983. In 1986, the Mitchells undertook to reconstruct the hotel and restore the J.P. Davie Building.
Location. 29° 18.385′ N, 94° 47.643′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is at the intersection of 23rd Street and Mechanic Street, on the right when traveling north on 23rd Street. Touch for map. Marker is located on the sidewalk, beside the subject building, just north of the intersection. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2228 Mechanic Street, Galveston TX 77550, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rice, Baulard & Company Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Tremont Houses (within shouting distance of this marker); Leon & H. Blum Co. Building Berlocher Row (within shouting distance of this marker); 1871 Thomas Jefferson League Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Galveston Square (about 300 feet away); Thomas Jefferson League Building (about 300 feet away); Mardi Gras in Galveston (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
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1. The Washington Hotel. The history of Galveston's Washington Hotel (in its various incarnations) now spans well over 150 years. Never was it able to compete with the prestige of the Tremont Hotel, yet it was considered by most to be in the top tier of island hostelries during the nineteenth century. During the Great Galveston Storm of 1900 there were several stories related to the Washington Hotel. One unidentified survivor said. "At 2 o'clock my wife and I waded into the Washington Hotel. From that time on the wind grew stronger. At 5 o'clock the water was six feet deep in the lower floor of the Washington Hotel. Why, it covered the telephone box in the office." (Submitted on June 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Galveston's Golden Era. At the end of the 19th century, the city of Galveston was a booming metropolis with a population of 37,000. Its position on the natural harbor of Galveston Bay along the (Submitted on June 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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