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Corpus Christi in Nueces County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

French-Galvan House

 
 
French-Galvan House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, June 12, 2010
1. French-Galvan House Marker
Inscription. Originally located at the corner of Waco and Comanche Streets, this colonial revival home was built in 1907-08 for the family of Asa Milton and Frances Garrett French. A.M. French (1850-1936), a native of New Hampshire, was a surveyor and civil engineer. He settled in Corpus Christi in 1882 after working on the construction of the Texas-Mexican railroad and became an active civic leader.

The home was acquired by Rafael Galvan (1887-1966) in 1942. Galvan was a Corpus Christi policeman for 20 years and was a founder and charter member of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). A prominent businessman as well, he also opened a popular ballroom. The home remained in the Galvan family for 40 years.

The French-Galvan house is a two story structure with a wraparound gallery on each floor. The first story boasts ionic columns. The central dormer on the hipped roof features a palladian window and is surrounded by a balustrade. The classical ionic order is also featured at the front entryway.

The Corpus Christi landmark was moved to this site in 1983.
 
Erected 1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2059.)
 
Location. 27° 48.377′ N, 97° 23.753′ W. Marker is in Corpus Christi, Texas, in Nueces County. Marker is on North Chaparrel Street near Resaca Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker and house are located in Heritage Square.
French-Galvan House image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, June 12, 2010
2. French-Galvan House
Marker is located to the right of the far right column.
Marker is at or near this postal address: 1513 North Chaparrel, Corpus Christi TX 78401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Grande-Grossman House (within shouting distance of this marker); Kovner-Bobys Homestead (within shouting distance of this marker); Merriman House (within shouting distance of this marker); Jalufka-Galatos House (within shouting distance of this marker); Sidbury House (within shouting distance of this marker); Julius Lichtenstein House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); McCampbell House (about 400 feet away); Irishtown (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corpus Christi.
 
Categories. Hispanic AmericansNotable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 20, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 723 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 20, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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