Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Victor Gustafson Home
The builder of this cottage, Victor Gustafson (1870-1956), was a native of Finland. He worked on the Galveston wharves and constructed this home for his family during the last years of the nineteenth century. Although the house was partially destroyed during the 1900 storm, Gustafson was able to rebuild and to enlarge it as as his family grew in number. A good example of a working class home in the 1800-1900 period of Galveston history, the structure was moved to this site in the East End Historical District in 1979.
From 1918 until 1965, this lot on Postoffice Street was the location of the Cordray Drugstore. Well known to Galvestonians, the business was begun by pharmacist Edmund Joseph Cordray (1879-1965). Cordray was a native of Galveston and a graduate of the University of Texas School of Pharmacy. The drugstore closed upon his death. The structure at the site was condemned and torn down leaving an empty lot to which the Victor Gustafson home was moved.
Erected 1985 by Texas Historical Commission.
Location. Touch for map. Avenue E is also know as Postoffice Street. Marker is in this post office area: Galveston TX 77550, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Landes-McDonough House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Wilbur Cherry House (about 500 feet away); George Fox House (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Cottage (approx. 0.2 miles away); A. Wilkins Miller Cottage (approx. 0.2 miles away); Frederich-Erhard House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fredrick William Beissner House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Julius H. Ruhl Residence (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
More about this marker. There is supposed to be another marker near this location named "Cordray Drug Store" but I have been unable to find it.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 25, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 531 times since then and 53 times this year. Last updated on January 3, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 25, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.