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

Thomas Jefferson League Building

1871

 
 
Thomas Jefferson League Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 14, 2018
1. Thomas Jefferson League Building Marker
Inscription.
Thomas Jefferson League (1834-74) had this building constructed in 1871, putting the final touches on the structure when a new galvanized iron cornice was installed on October 8, 1872, after a storm damaged the new building at the corner of Tremont and the Strand. It was built on the site of the old "Moro Castle", a fashionable public bar newly refurbished as the Cohn Brothers clothing emporium when it was set on fire during a robbery on December 3, 1869, resulting in the destruction of a large portion of the central business district of that time. League was an attorney and also the son-in-law of Samuel May Williams, one of the leading statesmen of the Texas Republic, a founder of the city of Galveston, a wharf developer and a banker.

The architectural style of the building is Renaissance Revival. Original iron fronts on the League Building were cast by the Southern Ornamental Iron Works of New Orleans. The second and third floors are of Houston brick, and originally the structure was crowned with a galvanized iron cornice.

The building was originally divided into three stores occupied by: I. Bernstein & Co., clothiers, with the entire corner, three stories, "in the most splendid clothing store in the South"; Robinson & Co., stationery and printing; and Woston, Wells & Vidor, cotton factors and commission
Thomas Jefferson League Building Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 14, 2018
2. Thomas Jefferson League Building Marker (wide view)
merchants. In 1884, the firm of S. Jacobs, Bernheim & Co., wholesale clothing dealers and manufacturers, occupied the entire building. In 1893, this firm was replaced by several smaller concerns, including the Pacific Express Company and Island City Manufacturers, also clothing manufacturers, as well as the office of the building's owner at that time - brother to the original builder - who listed himself simply as "J.C. League, Capitalist". In 1921, the entire building was occupied by Ben Blum & Co., a wholesale hardware outlet, which continued in business in the building until 1972.

In 1973, the Galveston Historical Foundation purchased the building through its Strand Revolving Fund. In 1976, the building was sold with preservation deed restrictions to George and Cynthia Mitchell for development as a restaurant and shops on the first floor, and offices on the upper floors. The restoration of the exterior has been assisted by a grant from the Texas Historical Commission.
 
Location. 29° 18.425′ N, 94° 47.671′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is on Strand Street west of 23rd Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2301 Strand Street, Galveston TX 77550, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
Thomas Jefferson League Building Marker (<i>side two</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 14, 2018
3. Thomas Jefferson League Building Marker (side two)
of this marker. 1871 Thomas Jefferson League Building (a few steps from this marker); Saengerfest Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Rice, Baulard & Company Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Hutchings, Sealy & Co. (within shouting distance of this marker); Hutchings, Sealy & Co. Buildings (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington Hotel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nicholas J. Clayton (about 300 feet away); Mitchell Street (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
 
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Marker (<i>side two</i>) detail: Historic Photo of Thomas Jefferson League building image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of Rosenberg Library
4. Marker (side two) detail: Historic Photo of Thomas Jefferson League building
Thomas Jefferson League Building (<i>north entrance: doorway and tile detail</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 14, 2018
5. Thomas Jefferson League Building (north entrance: doorway and tile detail)
Thomas Jefferson League Building (<i>corner view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 14, 2018
6. Thomas Jefferson League Building (corner view)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 24, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 24, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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