“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Baden-Sproule House

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By Jim Evans, September 9, 2012
1. Baden-Sproule House Marker
Inscription. Designed by noted Galveston architect Nicholas J. Clayton, this house was built in 1899 by Ida B. Baden on land once known as Thomas Borden's farm. West Island landowner John D. Settle sold Miss Baden the land and assisted her in the architectural arrangements. A wealthy property owner, Baden owned considerable stock in the Galveston Wharf Company, which was highly unusual. She died in 1906 at 43, following a sudden illness in her uptown residence, 2407 Avenue E. Her sister of Boston inherited the estate.

The house was sold in 1913 to Benno Sproule, the principal in an ocean freight brokerage business. Following Sproule's death in 1932, his family continued to occupy the home until 1959.

A fine example of the Queen Anne style of architecture, the house features a wraparound veranda with paired turned posts. Bow windows can be seen at the first and second floor levels, and fishscale shingles appear on the second floor. A balconette in the front gable exhibits a Palladian-inspired motif. Outstanding features also include the paneled and pedimented fireplace back and corbelled chimney caps. The home stands as an important element of Galveston's development and architectural history.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark-1989

Erected 1989 by
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By Jim Evans, September 9, 2012
2. Baden-Sproule House
Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 58.)
Location. 29° 17.229′ N, 94° 48.314′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is at the intersection of 37th Street and Avenue P 1/2, on the right when traveling south on 37th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1919 37th St, Galveston TX 77550, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Williams-Tucker House, 1837-40 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Samuel May Williams (about 400 feet away); Powhatan House (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of the Home of Michel Branamour Menard (approx. 0.4 miles away); Galveston Artillery Club (approx. half a mile away); Grace Episcopal Church (approx. half a mile away); Hagemann-Cobb House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Thomas Joseph (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
Categories. Notable Buildings
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 12, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 404 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 12, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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