Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The house probably was designed by noted Galveston architect Nathaniel Tobey, whose works included the Galveston Opera House. According to family history, it survived the 1900 storm with three feet of water inside the downstairs rooms. Franklin was actively involved in the planning of the seawall.
John F. Wandless (1879-1961) was born in New Brunswick, Canada. He was a veteran of the Boer War and World War I, and worked as a mounted policeman and journalist before coming to Galveston in 1921. John and his wife Vernonica "Vera" Wandless (1896-1977), bought the house from the Franklin heirs in 1931. During World War II, John Wandless served as a key Gulf Coast security and intelligence officer for Great Britain, while Vera
The Franklin-Wandless house is an imposing example of the Italianate style. Hallmark features of the style include pedimented doors and windows, corbelled eaves and the double gallery porch with chamfered (beveled) posts and bandsawn brackets.
Erected 1999 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11889.)
Location. 29° 17.912′ N, 94° 47.226′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is at the intersection of Avenue M and 20th Street, on the right when traveling west on Avenue M. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1920 Ave M, Galveston TX 77550, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Galveston Orphans Home (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); George Dealey (about 600 feet away); Galveston Children's Home (about 700 feet away); William J. Killeen House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Reedy Chapel A.M.E. Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Reedy Chapel A. M. E. Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Joseph's Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Sonnentheil Home (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
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