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GALVESTON ON PARADE

Get Ready for Architecture, Dinners, Happy Hours and a Mom’s Day Brunch During the Galveston Historic Homes Tour
Photography courtesy of Illumine Photographic Services

Galveston Historical Foundation opens the doors to some of the city’s incredible architectural history through public tours of nine privately owned homes during its 43rd annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour. Tours are scheduled 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 6-7 and 13-14.

Tickets are $30 for nonmembers before May 1 and $35 after and are available online at www.galvestonhistory.org. Members of Galveston Historical Foundation can purchase specially priced $25 tickets by calling 409-765-3405 or by visiting any of the foundation’s retail locations.

“Early Bird” tickets come with a full tour pass and are limited to 100 per Saturday for $50 each. Tickets are available for both Saturdays of the tour and allow you to enjoy access to three tour homes from 8-10 a.m.

“The annual homes tour highlights the island’s architecture crossing decades of construction and design, as well as houses both large and small,” says Dwayne Jones, Galveston Historical Foundation’s executive director. “Galveston offers a unique collection of late 19th- and early 20th-century houses that will intrigue visitors and captivate historic house buffs.

“Come join GHF and these homeowners as we welcome visitors from across the country to experience historic Galveston of the past.”

HOMES TOUR SPECIAL EVENTS
Seats are limited at all special events with pricing, times and reservations available at www.galvestonhistory.org.

May 5 and May 12 at 7 p.m.
History on Tap Dinners
Enjoy a specially created dinner cooked by an award-winning chef in a tour home. Homeowners will lead you on a visit of the property while you relish a one-of-a-kind evening in historic Galveston. Featured homes are the 1916 Guldmann House on May 5 and the 1925 Swiff and 1926 Wetmore homes on May 12. At $150 per person, the event includes a homes tour ticket.

May 6 at 5 p.m.
Hendley Happy Hour
Take a rare peak into the restoration of this iconic Galveston building with craft beer, wine and light appetizers. Guests will be allowed onto the third floor for an unparalleled view of The Strand at $50 per person.

May 6, 7 and 13 at 8 a.m.
Bishop’s Breakfast
The 1892 Bishop’s Palace will open its doors for an exclusive breakfast in the main dining room. Enjoy breakfast, a complimentary audio tour of the house and tour of the house. The $85 package per person includes a homes tour ticket. 

May 7 and May 14 at 9 a.m.
President Harrison Shuttle Tours
During GHF’s Harrison Shuttle Tour, participants trace the parade route of the late President Benjamin Harrison, learning about his visit to the city and important Galveston landmarks along the way. Tickets are $15 per person.

May 7 and 14 at 3 p.m.
Ortiz Penthouse Happy Hour & Tour
Relax with cocktails and tour in the penthouse home of Frank and Blanche Ortiz. This incredibly preserved residence was last renovated in 1979 and has been immaculately maintained with the Las Vegas style of the Ortizes. Tickets are $40 per person.

May 14 at 9 a.m.
Mother’s Day Brunch at the 1838 Menard House Complex
Celebrate Mom with a hearty brunch, door prizes, flowers and more in Menard Hall, then take a tour of Galveston’s oldest residence, the 1838 Menard House. At $70 per person, the cost includes a homes tour ticket.

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