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

Leon & H. Blum Co. Building

 
 
Leon & H. Blum Co. Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, May 2, 2013
1. Leon & H. Blum Co. Building Marker
Inscription. A young Alsatian immigrant, Leon Blum (1836-1906), joined his brother Alexander in a business partnership in Richmond, Texas, about 1852. The company, A.Blum & Bro., moved to Galveston in 1859. The new firm of Leon & H. Blum was founded late in 1868, composed of brothers, Leon, Alexander, and Sylvain, and cousins Hyman and Joseph. The firm was Galveston's leading importer and wholesale dealer in dry goods for more than twenty years. Leon & H. Blum served the southwestern United States, Indian Territory, and Mexico, and had offices in New York, Boston, and Paris, France.

Headquarters were established in this building in 1880. Designed for the company by Eugene Heiner (1852-1901), the Blum building was enlarged in 1882 with the input of noted Galveston architect Nicholas Clayton (1840-1916).

The nationwide Depression of the 1890s severely affected the business of Leon & H. Blum, and in 1896 the firm was dissolved. Since that time, the building has housed numerous establishments. The Mistrot & Bros. Company operated a large retail store here until 1917. Vacant for several years, the building later housed offices of the "Galveston Tribune."
Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986

 
Erected 1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number
Leon & H. Blum Co. Building -- Now the Tremont House Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, May 2, 2013
2. Leon & H. Blum Co. Building -- Now the Tremont House Hotel
7515.)
 
Location. 29° 18.368′ N, 94° 47.684′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is on Mechanic Street (Avenue C) near 23rd Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2300 Avenue C, Galveston TX 77550, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1871 Thomas Jefferson League Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hutchings, Sealy & Co. Buildings (about 400 feet away); Nicholas J. Clayton (about 400 feet away); The Stewart Building (about 600 feet away); Juneteenth (about 600 feet away); Trueheart-Adriance Building (was about 700 feet away but has been reported missing. ); Santa Fe Union Station (about 700 feet away); Mallory-Produce Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
 
Regarding Leon & H. Blum Co. Building. This building is now the elegant Tremont House Hotel
 
Also see . . .
1. The Leon & H. Blum Co. Building in the Handbook of Texas. (Submitted on May 5, 2013, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
2. The Tremont House Hotel Webpage. (Submitted on May 5, 2013, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
3. Spooks at the Tremont Hotel. (Submitted on May 5, 2013, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Leon & H. Blum Co. Building is in the National Register of Historic Places image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, May 2, 2013
3. Leon & H. Blum Co. Building is in the National Register of Historic Places
The Tremont House Hotel is a Historic Hotel of America image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, May 2, 2013
4. The Tremont House Hotel is a Historic Hotel of America
The Leon & H. Blum Co. building is now the Tremont House Hotel
Tremont House Hotel Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, May 2, 2013
5. Tremont House Hotel Entrance
The marker is to the right of the hotel entrance.
A Verbose History of the Leon & H. Blum Co. Building image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, May 2, 2013
6. A Verbose History of the Leon & H. Blum Co. Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 5, 2013, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 458 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 5, 2013, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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