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Hutchings, Sealy & Co. Buildings

 
 
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By Jim Evans, December 1, 2013
1. Hutchings, Sealy & Co. Buildings Marker
Inscription. Four decades after joining in partnership, George Ball, John Henry Hutchings, and John Sealy employed prominent Galveston architect Nicholas J. Clayton to design office buildings for their Ball, Hutchings & Co. commission and banking operations. Built in 1895 as two individual but connected structures, these buildings complemented Galveston's Strand Avenue, known at the time as the "Wall Street of the Southwest."

The buildings' Renaissance revival style is represented by the heavily rusticated stone arches featured on its entryways, terra cotta detailing on the parapets and entablatures, evenly spaced columns and pilasters, elaborate stone cornice, and arcading windows. The foundation walls are six feet wide at the base and made of pressed brick with ashlar patterned sandstone facing.

The corner building, which features the name "Hutchings" on its entablature, was originally constructed for John H. Hutchings. The adjoining office building, featuring the name "Sealy" on its entablature, was built for John Sealy. These majestic buildings are reminders of a grand era in Galveston's history and the philanthropic legacy of these early businessmen.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1992

 
Erected 1992 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker
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By Jim Evans, December 1, 2013
2. Hutchings, Sealy & Co. Buildings Marker & Facade
Number 7496.)
 
Location. 29° 18.422′ N, 94° 47.72′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is at the intersection of Strand Street and 24th Street, on the right when traveling west on Strand Street. Touch for map. 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. Hutchings, Sealy & Co. (here, next to this marker); Nicholas J. Clayton (a few steps from this marker); Mitchell Street (a few steps from this marker); 1871 Thomas Jefferson League Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Saengerfest Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Jefferson League Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Mardi Gras in Galveston (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Tremont Houses (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Hutchings, Sealy & Co. Buildings image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, December 1, 2013
3. Hutchings, Sealy & Co. Buildings
 
 
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