End’s 2014 Christmas Homes Tour
East End Historical District Association
will host its 25th Annual “A Victorian
Christmas” Homes Tour on Friday, December
5th, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
architecture of Galveston’s East End
reflects some of the state’s most notable
examples of residential Victorian
architecture with a variety of styles and
periods. This year’s tour will feature
four East End homes decorated for the
Heffron Home, 1509 Postoffice St.
Built in 1890 by Issac Heffron, this house
has the original woodwork, long-leaf pine
flooring, and an elaborate concrete
balustrade along the front sidewalk line.
After yellow fever and diphtheria
outbreaks, Heffron was contracted to lay
sewer pipes and build the Galveston Water
Works to ensure fresh water.
J. Henck Cottage, 1412 Sealy St.
Built in 1897 by real estate broker and
builder Henck, this five-bay-wide cottage
still has the original Victorian glass
windows, with beveled cut glass. Henck
aided in floating bonds for Galveston’s
seawall after the 1900 storm.
Menard Ganter House, 1209 Winnie St.
Built by 1881, this double-dormered
cottage was the home of Colonel Menard
(Confederacy during the Civil War), from
1881 until his death in 1887. Shortly
after 1900, Herbert Ganter, a local
jeweler, purchased the house. His family
owned it until 1973.
Wilson Home, 701 12th
St. Built in 1884, this two story home was
owned by George Wilson, a pilot, whose
office was in the Hendley building on The
Strand. The home passed to the DiPuccio
family about 1920, and remained in that
family until 1945.
start the tour at any of the homes, or at
the EEHDA Cottage, 1501 Postoffice St.,
where refreshments and restroom will be
complementary East End sites will also be
included on the tour. These sites will
feature a variety of holiday music:
Gustafson Cottage. Now the EEHDA
Cottage, Gustafson was a Galveston Wharves
cotton screwman, who rebuilt the cottage
after the 1900 storm. It has an attached
front porch, which tended to be preferred
for north-facing houses.
Park. This park was built after a
fire destroyed Darragh House on this site
in the 1990s. The property was donated by
Galveston Historical Foundation to the
EEHDA, and a longtime association
supporter, Dr. E. Burke Evans, donated the
funds to build the wrought iron gazebo.
The association maintains this park, along
with Alderdice Park at 15th & Ball.
Presbyterian Church. This Romanesque
building was designed by prominent
Galveston architect, Nicholas Clayton, and
was constructed in 1872. Its sanctuary has
been remodeled since Hurricane Ike, and
features breathtaking stained glass
windows, three of which were designed by
Louis Comfort Tiffany. Homes Tour ticket
holders will enjoy a variety of holiday
music at the church:
Methodist Church Bell Choir
Holy Family Catholic
Belton High School
Madrigal Ensemble and Harmony
The cost of
the tour is $15.00. Tickets are limited.
Purchase your tickets in advance online at
or in person at The Grand 1894 Opera
House, 2020 Postoffice St. 409-765-1894.
proceeds directly benefit the East End
Historical District Association. The EEHDA
was formed in the 1970’s to preserve and
maintain the heritage and livability of
the East End Neighborhood. For additional
information, contact Deanna Johnson at