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San Jacinto
Self-Guided Tour



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San Jacinto

San Jacinto
The Marcus McLemore House (1869-70)

Most of the land south of Broadway (Avenue J) was considered sub-prime compared to the East End. This is why this area developed primarily as a working class neighborhood, but it had/has its share of grand houses, and country estates. In earlier times, there were also farms and ranches, and commercial uses, such as cotton compresses.

As the neighborhood with the longest frontage on the Gulf of Mexico, San Jacinto was also the heart of the development on the beach, and Galveston’s tourist industry. This area, that we call Beach Central, was located where 25th Street met the Gulf, so it straddled the boundary between two neighborhoods; San Jacinto and Kempner Park.
 
Beach Central Self-Guided Tour

When the 1900 Storm devastated Galveston, San Jacinto took the worst hit! It is estimated that the land area of this neighborhood extended about four blocks further south, than it currently does, because that much of it was reclaimed by the Gulf, during The Storm. The houses, and other structures, nearest the beach suffered more complete destruction than in any other neighborhood! As this debris was piled up, and pushed inland, it formed a natural breakwater, or seawall that eventually saved the rest of the city from more complete destruction. A large percentage of the 6,000 people that died that day lived in San Jacinto.

On 13 November 1885, a fire started at an ironworks at 17th Street and The Strand (Avenue B). It quickly spread through the East End residential area, and then it moved south of Broadway (Avenue J), where it destroyed 20 city blocks between 17th and 21st Streets. Most of these properties were rebuilt within a year, which gave them a new architectural consistency, and prominence. The area that burned, and was then rebuilt, forms the most contiguous area of prime real estate within San Jacinto, and it is now the heart of the Lost Bayou Historic District.

San Jacinto
Engine House #5 (1891); 1614 Avenue K

The San Jacinto neighborhood forms the shape of a triangle between 23rd Street, Broadway (Avenue J) and Seawall Boulevard.

The Lost Bayou Historic District has its boundaries at 16th and 21st Streets, and Avenues K and M 1/2.

Beach Central runs from 25th Street to 20th Street along the Seawall.


Introduction to the Tour

Architectural Styles and Designs

Galveston builders and architects rarely designed a house or commercial building so that it conformed to the rules and guidelines of any one, of the many Victorian architectural styles, choosing instead to combine the elements of several styles, or to build rather plain and simple designs, from a plan book, and then merely enhance their look with Victorian decoration.

This has lead some writers to classify Galveston architecture primarily by type, defined by the floor plan and shape, or to combine many styles together. For example, Howard Barnstone (
The Galveston That Was), sees Greek Revival as the dominant style in 19th Century Galveston, so he considers all of the later Victorian styles together as "Romantic".

This seems to have lead to the convention of calling hundreds of houses, that employ 4-6 inch diameter spindle-like columns, on the front, as "Galveston Vernacular"; implying that, in Galveston, columns of this size and style are accepted as Greek Revival. However, for our purposes, we will ONLY consider houses with columns of Doric, Ionic or Tuscan design, and those greater than 12 inches in diameter, as evidence that the house should be categorized as Greek Revival.

Perhaps a better classification, for many of these houses, without the previously described Greek Revival column size and style, is Folk Victorian; which is the name given to the architectural style of simple square or rectangular houses which have been decorated with Victorian architectural add-ons, that suggest the fancier styles of those times. 

As the years have passed, since the 19th Century, a great deal of this architectural decoration has been lost on the houses, and commercial buildings in Galveston, due to decay, and damage from storms, so it is often difficult to tell what some of these houses used to look like in their full finery!   


Out Buildings

In Victorian times, most of the houses, on this tour, had one or more out buildings, that ranged from simple outhouses or privys, to detached kitchens, to carriage houses. In more recent years, most of these outbuildings became unnecessary, so they have been removed, or attached to the main house, which creates a very different look, to the neighborhood, than when it was built. When the outbuildings were still here, the sense of tight spacing between all the buildings was even more dramatic!

Historic Districts

The premier historic districts within Galveston's neighborhoods start to come together with a single city block. Without at least one "ideal" historic block, there is nothing with which to build an historic district. City blocks consist of seven lots on each side of the street, so the ideal historic block contains fourteen 19th-Century houses, unless one or more of the houses occupy more than one lot. Galveston's  long, narrow lots create a densely-packed urban environment, so anything that breaks that spacial layout tends to spoil the effect.

Some of the factors that further enhance such an ideal block are: well-maintained houses, manicured landscaping, and a canopy of live oak trees. Obviously, poorly-maintained houses, and overgrown landscaping detract from the formation of an ideal historic block, as do empty lots, poorly-conceived additions to, and badly-executed re-modeling of, Victorian houses, and the inclusion of 20th-Century architectural styles.


Galveston's premier historic districts are simply areas where several ideal historic city blocks exist in a contiguous arrangement. We begin the tour of the San Jacinto neighborhood in such an area. This part of the tour 
lends itself to be most easily undertaken on foot, in order that each building, on the route, may be closely examined and considered. For those who do not want to walk, using either a bicycle, or vehicle, is a reasonable alternative. The last part of the tour will cover other highlights, in the neighborhood, that are more spread out, and best accomplished using a vehicle.

Terms

There are a few basic architectural terms that should be defined to make the tour more understandable and enjoyable. Since Galveston is built on a large sandbar, builders could not dig basements, under houses, as can be done in most other locations. Due to storm surges, during hurricanes, nearly all the houses, in the City, sit on piers that lift them off the ground to some extent. The standard height is now about 2-3 feet. Of course, due to the Grade Raising, after the 1900 Storm, many houses are raised less than they were originally.

When a house is built 5-8 feet off the ground, it is defined as a "raised" dwelling. In such a case, the area under the house is known as a "basement", when it is enclosed in some manner. Galveston basements may have dirt floors, and simple board walls, when just used for storage, but some are eventually finished to the point that they become additional living space.

What are known as "porches", in many areas of the country, are also called "verandas" and "galleries" in Galveston. For most purposes, the three terms can be used interchangeably, but gallery is the most common term when there are two: one on both the first floor and second floor, and they are covered. Porch is most commonly used when there is only one on the first floor.

A "bay" is the division of a wall by similar vertical elements; usually doors and windows. The term bay is normally reserved for use when describing 19th-Century buildings.

A "bumpout" is a section of a house that "bumps out" from the main structure, for added space, and architectural diversity, and expression.

For more information on architectural styles, and terms, see our Architecture page.

Each house listed will include at least three pieces of information about it:
  • Date built, with dates of additions
  • Architectural Style
  • Building Type 
If we don't know the exact date, we will classify it as 19th Century, or 20th Century: 19th C or 20th C.

Architectural styles, and building types are often NOT obvious or clear cut, so we will use our best judgment.

Raised houses with "living area in the basement" will be denoted as LAB.

If the house has a plaque designating it as a 1900 Storm Survivor, it will be noted as "SS"
If the house has a plaque indicating that it has been on the Historic Homes Tour, it will be noted as "HHT".


Begin the Tour


Park your car near 21st Street and Avenue K and BEGIN:

21st Street and Avenue K

1026 21st Street1026 21st Street
20th C
Ranch
Rectangular hipped-roof plan

This block begins with a "modern" intrusion into the 19th-Century streetscape.

1100 21st Street1100 21st Street
(San Jacinto School)
1964
Brutalism
Rectangular school

The San Jacinto School occupies an entire block, which creates a severe deviation from the original streetscape. This characterless box reflects the lack of architectural style often employed for public buildings in the 1960s, and is only suitable for placement in some monotonous sprawl of track homes, in the suburbs!

2024 Avenue K

2024 Avenue K
19th C
Folk Victorian
Southern Townhouse with two bumpouts on the right


The Southern Townhouse was inspired by the London Rowhouse. The most common plan is 2 stories high, and 3 bays wide, with a low-pitched hip roof, and feature a double gallery on the front.


2020 Avenue K

2020 Avenue K
19th C
Folk Victorian
Raised 5 bay side-gabled Cottage with dual staircase



2016 Avenue K

2016 Avenue K
19th C
Folk Victorian
Raised 5 bay side-gabled Cottage


2012 Avenue K



2012 Avenue K
19th C
Folk Victorian
Southern Townhouse with large addition






2008 Avenue K




2008 Avenue K
1907
Folk Victorian
Southern Townhouse






2006 Avenue K




2006 Avenue K
1907
Folk Victorian
Southern Townhouse








It is interesting to note that the two sister houses at 2008 and 2006 were built in 1907, but employed the Southern Townhouse design rather than a 20th- Century architectural style. Both houses appear to be sharing one lot.

2002 Avenue K




2002 Avenue K
1886
Folk Victorian
Southern Townhouse
with two bumpouts

20th Street and Avenue K

1928 Avenue K


1928 Avenue K
19th C
Folk Victorian
Southern Townhouse with one story addition






1927 Avenue K1927 Avenue K
(Avenue K School)
1886
Romanesque
School building
(Demolished)

Compare this N.J. Clayton design, that formerly occupied this location, to the playground, and the present San Jacinto School! It fit into the tight spacing of that day, occupying 3 city lots; right to the sidewalk lines on two sides.


1922 Avenue K
1922 Avenue K
19th C
Folk Victorian
Raised (LAB) 5 bay side-gabled Cottage with
Eastlake spindles and gingerbread



1916 Avenue K
1916 Avenue K
1886
Folk Victorian
2 story 5 bay center-hall plan 
set on 3 lots which creates unusually wide side yards

Featuring bay windows on the right, on the 1st & 2nd floors; 2 bumpouts; double verandas; a tin sofit beneath the eaves; an iron fence; and a carriage house. It was a grand house for a doctor, it's now a rooming house with additions.

1910-1912 Avenue K1912 and 1910 Avenue K
19th C
Folk Victorian
Southern Townhouse with an addition that appears to have been re-configured into a duplex with separate front entrances

SS


1015 19th Street1015, 1017, 1019 and 1021 19th Street (4-plex)
20th C
Brutalism
Low flat-roofed rectangular plan

This type of structure is totally out of place in this neighborhood.

19th Street and Avenue K

Notice the difference in the streetscape without the open spaces caused by the school and playground in the last two blocks.

1828 Avenue K
1828 Avenue K
1900
Italianate
Raised 2 story plan with
side entrance; front dormer; double front and side porches



1102 19th Street

1102 19th Street
19th C 
Folk Victorian
2 story hipped-roof plan with front pediment




1826 Avenue K



1826 Avenue K
19th C
Folk Victorian
2 story L-Front plan with front pediment






The L-Front design is formed when a bay projects forward, with a porch alongside the bay, forming an L-shaped front. Most are one story.

1823 Avenue K



1823 Avenue K
19th C ?
Folk Victorian ?
2 story plan with recessed entrance






1824 Avenue K
1824 Avenue K
19th C
Folk Victorian
Raised (LAB) 2 story L-Front plan with double porch, extra side entrance, and bumpouts on both sides
 
 


1817 Avenue K


1817 Avenue K
19th C
Folk Victorian
2 story 5 bay side-gabled plan





1814 Avenue K

1814 Avenue K
19th C
Folk Victorian
Raised (LAB) 3 bay front-gabled Cottage

SS; HHT




1815 Avenue K

1815 Avenue K
19th C
Folk Victorian
Raised 5 bay side-gabled Cottage




1810 Avenue K1810 Avenue K
1882
Folk Victorian
2 story 5 bay side-gabled plan with multiple additions

SS; HHT

1811 Avenue K


1811 Avenue K
19th C
Folk Victorian
Raised (LAB) 4 bay L-Front Cottage





1808 Avenue K


1808 Avenue K
19th C
Folk Victorian
Southern Townhouse with bumpout

Historical plaque 




1805 Avenue K1805 Avenue K
19th C ?
Folk Victorian ?
Raised (LAB) L-Front Cottage?

Looks like a 19th Century L-Front Cottage, re-
modeled to an Arts & Crafts front


1802 Avenue K



1802 Avenue K
19th C
Folk Victorian
Raised (LAB) L-Front Cottage



1803 Avenue K

1803 Avenue K
20th C
Arts & Crafts 
1 1/2 story front-gabled Bungalow



18th Street and Avenue K

1728 Avenue K
1728 Avenue K
19th C
Folk Victorian
Raised (LAB) 4 bay L-Front Cottage

Front stairs do not look original; modern siding and Aramco shutters cover much of the Victorian look


1724 Avenue K
1724 Avenue K
19th C
Folk Victorian
Raised (LAB) 1 1/2 story 4 bay side-gabled L-Front Cottage with large dormers, and multiple additions



1721 Avenue K
1721 Avenue K
19th C
Folk Victorian
2 story 3 bay complex plan with multiple additions, or attached outbuildings; but no porches or galleries



This house is occupying 2 lots, with a swimming pool where a house at 1725 Avenue K used to be.

1720 Avenue K


1720 Avenue K
1888
Folk Victorian

Southern Townhouse with additions, bumpouts, and decorative lattice work on the porch






1717 Avenue K
1717 Avenue K
1900
Folk Victorian

Southern Townhouse

SS: HHT

Built in August 1900, and blown off its foundation in the September 1900 Storm.

1716 Avenue K1716 Avenue K
1888
Folk Victorian converted to Greek Revival with the addition of larger columns

Southern Townhouse with bumpouts

SS

Iron fence added after the Grade Raising.

1714 Avenue K1714 Avenue K
1923
Arts and Crafts
Long narrow Bungalow
HHT, HHT

Original owner bought the side of the lot from 1716 for this Bungalow.

1715 Avenue K



1715 Avenue K
20th C
Arts and Crafts
Raised (LAB) front-gabled Bungalow






1704 Avenue K


1704 Avenue K
19th C
Folk Victorian
Raised 3 bay front-
gabled Cottage that opens into a rear L wing
set on 2 lots




1711 Avenue K

1711 Avenue K
20th C
Arts and Crafts
Cottage with complex roof line


Stick decoration under front gables. There could have been more Stick decoration that has been covered up.


1705 Avenue K


1705 Avenue K
19th C
Folk Victorian
Raised side-gabled outbuilding?



The original house appears to be gone with one of the outbuildings, on the alley, serving as living quarters.

1702 Avenue K
1702 Avenue K
20th C
Arts and Crafts
Front-gabled Bungalow

Small arch over the front porch rather than a small gable.



1701 Avenue K

1701 Avenue K
20th C
Arts and Crafts
Raised (LAB) front-
gabled Bungalow






17th Street and Avenue K

1628 Avenue K


1628 Avenue K
19th C
Folk Victorian
Raised 2 story L-Front plan with added side stairway; probably to allow its use as a duplex




1102 17th Street


1102 17th Street
1875
Folk Victorian
Raised 1 1/2 story 5 bay side-gabled Cottage




1622-1624 Avenue K


1624-1622 Avenue K
19th C
Folk Victorian
2 story hipped-roof rectangular duplex



1623 Avenue K

1623 Avenue K
19th C
Folk Victorian
1 1/2 story 3 bay Cottage with steep hipped roof and front gable




1620 Avenue K

1620 Avenue K
19th C
Folk Victorian
Cottage




1619 Avenue K1619 Avenue K
20th C
Arts & Crafts
Side-gabled Bungalow with additions in the back
Tar-paper siding makes other features difficult to see


1614 Avenue K

1614 Avenue K
(Engine House #5)
1891
Italianate
2 story 3 bay stucco-faced brick firehouse




Fits well into the residential area due to its siting on the sidewalk line.

1615 Avenue K



1615 Avenue K
20th C
Arts & Crafts
1 1/2 story side-gabled Bungalow with bumpout





1017 16th Street
1017 16th Street
(Lasker Home for Homeless Children)
1869/1912
Greek Revival
Raised 2 story orphanage with wrap around galleries; appears to be occupying 3 lots

1609 Avenue K


1609 Avenue K
19th C
Folk Victorian
Raised (LAB) 2 bay L-Front Cottage with bumpout and full-width pediment   





1605 Avenue K

1605 Avenue K (Demolished)
19th C
Folk Victorian
Cottage

May have had a fire




1601 Avenue K

1601 Avenue K
19th C
Folk Victorian
Raised 3 bay side-gabled Cottage with attached garage



16th Street and Avenue K

1528 Avenue K

1528 Avenue K
19th C
Folk Victorian
Raised (LAB) 2 story plan with wrap around galleries and side entrance




Turn right and head south on 16th Street, then turn right on Avenue L.

16th Street and Avenue L

1602 Avenue L

1602 Avenue L
1897
Folk Victorian
Raised (LAB) L-Front Cottage with bumpouts;
leaded glass in 2nd-floor front door





1601 Avenue L


1601 Avenue L
19th C
Folk Victorian
2-story 4 bay converted Corner Store?




1604 Avenue L


1604 Avenue L
1897
Folk Victorian
Raised (LAB) L-Front Cottage with bumpouts;
leaded glass in 2nd-floor front door




1606 Avenue L


1606 Avenue L

1897
Folk Victorian
Raised (LAB) L-Front Cottage with bumpouts;
leaded glass in 2nd-floor front door




1602, 1604, 1606 are sister houses; 1604 & 1606 appear to be sharing one lot.

1607 Avenue L
1607 Avenue L

1896
Greek Revival
2 1/2 story 3 bay side-
gabled double galleried plan

Lost Bayou B&B



1608 Avenue L

1608 Avenue L
19th C
Folk Victorian
Southern Townhouse

Extensive remodeling, with stone front, changes the entire original 19th C look



1609 Avenue L




1609 Avenue L

19th C
Folk Victorian
Raised (LAB) 3 bay side-gabled Cottage







1616 Avenue L



1616 Avenue L
19th C
Folk Victorian
Raised L-Front Cottage with 2nd-story addition

New supports on front porch give it an Arts & Crafts look





1615 Avenue L
1615 Avenue L
20th C
????
Flat-roofed rectangular plan


1618 Avenue L





1618 Avenue L
19th C
Folk Victorian
Raised Shotgun












1620 Avenue L




1620 Avenue L
19th C
Folk Victorian
Raised Shotgun







1618 & 1620 appear to be sharing one lot.

1617 Avenue L

1617 Avenue L
20th C
????
Raised (LAB) cross-
gabled Cottage




1622 Avenue L

1622 Avenue L
19th C
Greek Revival
Raised 1 1/2 story side-
gabled Cottage with
bumpout and double staircase



1623 Avenue L




1623 Avenue L
Empty lot







1628 Avenue L

1628 Avenue L
19th C
Folk Victorian
2-story 3 bay Corner Store with added 1 1/2 story wing



1202 17th Street

1202 17th Street
20th C
Arts & Crafts
Raised (LAB) front-
gabled Bungalow



17th Street and Avenue L

1704 Avenue L


1704 Avenue L
20th C?
????
Raised (LAB) front-
gabled plan



1706 Avenue L
1706 Avenue L
19th C
Folk Victorian
Raised (LAB) 1 1/2 story plan that extends very far back on the lot; currently a rooming house

Nice cast iron fence.


1710 Avenue L


1710 Avenue L
1888
Folk Victorian
Raised 3 bay Cottage



1701 Avenue L
1701 Avenue L
20th C
????
Side-gabled Cottage


1705 Avenue L



1705 Avenue L
20th C
American Foursquare
2-story plan







1707 Avenue L



1707 Avenue L
19th C
Folk Victorian
Raised (LAB) 2 bay hipped-roof Cottage






1709 Avenue L



1709 Avenue L
20th C
????
Raised (LAB) front-
gabled Cottage







1711 Avenue L



1711 Avenue L
19th C
Folk Victorian
2 story front-gabled Cottage





Five houses: 1701, 1705, 1707, 1709 and 1711 appear to be sharing 3 lots.

1714 Avenue L
1714 Avenue L
19th C
Folk Victorian
L-Front side-gabled Cottage


Remodeled with brick porch roof supports to make it look more modern in the Arts & Crafts style. Nice cast iron fence.

1715 Avenue L

1715 Avenue L
19th C
Folk Victorian
Raised (LAB) 3 bay hipped-roof Cottage

Nice cast iron fence



1720 Avenue L

1720 Avenue L
19th C
Folk Victorian
Raised L-Front hipped- roof Cottage



1719 Avenue L



1719 Avenue L
19th C
Folk Victorian
Raised L-Front Cottage





1722 Avenue L



1722 Avenue L
21st C
Under construction






1724 Avenue L






1724 Avenue L
21st C
Under construction







1722 and 1724 appear to be sharing one lot.

1721 Avenue L


1721 Avenue L
20th C
Arts & Crafts
Raised front-gabled Bungalow




1728 Avenue L


1728 Avenue L
19th C
Folk Victorian
Raised bay-front plan




1723 Avenue L




1723 Avenue L
Empty Lot








18th Street and Avenue L

1211 18th Street


1211 18th Street
1891
Second Empire
Greatly modified





This house was originally located at 1801 Avenue L on 7-foot pilings, and with its 3-story tower, it dominated the area. It has been moved to its former back yard, where it lost the top story of the tower, its porch, and original siding and windows.

1802 Avenue L

1802 Avenue L
20th C ?
????
Corner Store



1801 Avenue L
1801 Avenue L
20th C ?
????
Corner Store

Maya's Grocery & Food Products

Brick corner stores are very unusual in Galveston.

1806 Avenue L

1806 Avenue L
19th C
Folk Victorian
Raised 4 bay side-gabled L-shaped Cottage




1812 Avenue L



1812 Avenue L
19th C
Folk Victorian
Raised 1 1/2 story 5 bay side-gabled Cottage





1803 Avenue L



1803 Avenue L
19th C
Folk Victorian
1 1/2 story 5 bay side-gabled Cottage

SS




1809 Avenue L

1809 Avenue L
1888
Folk Victorian
Raised (LAB) 3 bay hipped-roof Cottage

SS


1813 Avenue L

1813 Avenue L
1887
Folk Victorian
Raised 3 bay hipped-roof Cottage

SS




1814 Avenue L


1814 Avenue L
19th C
Folk Victorian
Southern townhouse with front gable and full-width pediment

SS




1815 Avenue L



1815 Avenue L
19th C
Folk Victorian
Southern townhouse

SS







1818 Avenue
1818 Avenue L
19th C
Folk Victorian
Raised (LAB) 1 1/2 story 5 bay side-gabled Cottage with tin roof and
large dormers


1818 Avenue




1819 Avenue L
19th C
Folk Victorian
Southern Townhouse

SS



1826 Avenue L



1826 Avenue L
19th C
Folk Victorian
Southern townhouse

SS




1823 Avenue L


1823 Avenue L
19th C
Folk Victorian
Raised 1 1/2 story 5 bay side-gabled Cottage

SS



1828 Avenue L


1828 Avenue L
19th C
Folk Victorian
Corner Store





1827 Avenue L1827 Avenue L
19th C
Folk Victorian
Raised (LAB) 1 1/2 story 3 bay side-gabled Cottage

Garage and deck built in front, addition in the back, and Sonny's Liquor Store is in the basement, and entered from 19th Street.

19th Street and Avenue L

1903 Avenue L



1903 Avenue L
19th C
Folk Victorian
2 story 3 bay plan





1907 Avenue L



1907 Avenue L
20th C
American Foursquare

2 1/2 story side-gabled plan





1909 Avenue L



1909 Avenue L
20th C
American Foursquare

2 1/2 story side-gabled plan







1907 and 1909 are sister houses.

1911 Avenue L

1911 Avenue L
1886
Folk Victorian

1 1/2 story front-gabled Cottage with side dormers



1915 Avenue L



1915 Avenue L
19th C
Folk Victorian

3 bay front-gabled Cottage





1919 Avenue L

1919 Avenue L
19th C
Folk Victorian

Raised L-Front Cottage
with Stick decoration, fish scale, gingerbread, and stained glass

SS




1925 Avenue L

1925 Avenue L
1886
Folk Victorian

Raised 1 1/2 story complex plan with
Shingle-style banding and ship's-wheel porch railing



20th Street and Avenue L

There are only 6 houses on this block because some of the lots are not standard width.

2001 Avenue L



2001 Avenue L
1886
Folk Victorian

2 story plan with bay window and small double galleries






2003 Avenue L


2003 Avenue L
20th C
Arts & Crafts
Raised front-gabled Bungalow






2007 Avenue L


2007 Avenue L
19th C
Folk Victorian

Raised (LAB) 1 1/2 story L-Front Cottage





2017 Avenue L
2017 Avenue L
19th C
Folk Victorian

Raised (LAB) 5 bay side-gabled Cottage




2019 Avenue L

2019 Avenue L
19th C
Folk Victorian

1 1/2 story 3 bay side-gabled Cottage




1202 21st Street1202 21st Street
1888
Folk Victorian

Raised 1 1/2 story 3 bay Cottage with double stairs

This 
N.J. Clayton design used to face Avenue L. 

21st Street and Avenue L

Turn left and head south on 21st Street, then turn left on Avenue M.
 

21st Street and Avenue M

Since we need to return to 21st Street, at the end of the walking tour, we will just cover the north side of Avenue M on the first leg of the journey, and the south side on the final portion.

2028 Avenue M


2028 Avenue M
19th C
Folk Victorian

2 1/2 story plan with double porch





2024 Avenue M
2024 Avenue M
1907
Folk Victorian

Raised (LAB) 4 bay hipped-roof L-Front Cottage


2018 Avenue M
2018 Avenue M
1888
Folk Victorian

4 bay L-Front Cottage


SS


2014 Avenue M


2014 Avenue M
19th C
Folk Victorian

Southern Townhouse with bumpout 







2012 Avenue M
2012 Avenue M
19th C
Folk Victorian

1 1/2 story 5 bay side-gabled Cottage



2008 Avenue M
2008 Avenue M
20th C
????

1 story L-Shaped front-gabled Cottage



1223 20th Street


1223 20th Street
19th C
Folk Victorian

Raised (LAB) 5 bay Cottage





20th Street and Avenue M

1928 Avenue M

1928 Avenue M
1894
Folk Victorian

Raised 1 1/2 story 4 bay L-Front Cottage with elliptical fanlight and sidelights

SS


1924 Avenue M


1924 Avenue M
1894
Folk Victorian

Raised (LAB) 1 1/2 story 4 bay L-Front Cottage 
with elliptical fanlight and sidelights

SS


1924 and 1928 are sister houses.

1920 Avenue M
1920 Avenue M
1886
Folk Victorian

2 story 5 bay double galleried, center hall plan


1914 Avenue M
1914 Avenue M
1887
Folk Victorian

2 1/2 story 4 bay double galleried plan with elaborate decoration


SS, HHT

Coppersmith Inn B&B



1920 and 1914 appear to be sharing 3 lots.

1906 Avenue M


1906 Avenue M
1886
Folk Victorian

Southern Townhouse with large bumpout

SS





1904 Avenue M



1904 Avenue M
1895
Folk Victorian

Raised (LAB) Southern Townhouse with bumpout and
ironwork on the galleries
 




19th Street and Avenue M

1828 Avenue M

1828 Avenue M
19th C
Folk Victorian

Raised Southern Townhouse with large bumpout to left rear and a front pediment

SS; HHT



1828 Avenue M


1824 Avenue M
19th C
Folk Victorian

Southern Townhouse with small front pediment





1820 Avenue M
1820 Avenue M
19th C
Folk Victorian

2 story 3 bay L-Front plan with second-
story enclosed porch, and front pediment



1816 Avenue M



1816 Avenue M
19th C
Folk Victorian

Raised (LAB) L-Front Cottage







1812 Avenue M




1812 Avenue M
19th C
Folk Victorian

Raised (LAB) front-
gabled Cottage 






1812 and 1816 appear to be sharing one lot.

1810 Avenue M

1810 Avenue M
19th C
Folk Victorian
Raised (LAB) 4 bay L-Front hipped-roof Cottage


1806 Avenue M1806 Avenue M
1886
Folk Victorian

Raised (LAB) 4 bay L-Front hipped-roof Cottage with elaborate decoration


1223 18th Street
1223 18th Street
20th C
????

Raised (LAB) hipped-roof plan



18th Street and Avenue M

1728 Avenue M
1728 Avenue M
19th C
Folk Victorian

2 story 4 bay L-Front double porch plan with double bumpout and decorative pediment

Occupies 2 lots

1720 Avenue M


1720 Avenue M
19th C
Folk Victorian

5 bay wide Southern Townhouse




1714 Avenue M


1714 Avenue M
19th C
Folk Victorian

Raised (LAB) 3 bay side-gabled Cottage




1710 Avenue M
1710 Avenue M
20th C
Arts & Crafts
Raised (LAB) front-
gabled Bungalow

This house sits on its own lot and the property includes the two lots to the east of it.


17th Street and Avenue M

Start the return leg on the south side of the street.

1301 17th Street

1301 17th Street
19th C
Folk Victorian

Raised (LAB) 3 bay front-gabled Cottage



1705 Avenue M
1705 Avenue M
20th C
????

Raised (LAB) Cottage





1711 Avenue M

1711 Avenue M
19th C
Folk Victorian

Raised (LAB) 3 bay side-gabled Cottage





1713 Avenue M1713 Avenue M
1887
Folk Victorian

3 bay cross-gabled Cottage with front pediment and tin roof



1717 Avenue M
1717 Avenue M
1877
Folk Victorian

Raised (LAB) 1 1/2 story 3 bay cross-gabled Cottage


SS



1725 Avenue M1725 Avenue M
1878
Folk Victorian

1 1/2 story 5 bay side-gabled plan with decorative brackets;
sitting on two lots

Island Jewel B&B

18th Street and Avenue M

1801 Avenue M
1801 Avenue M
1888
Folk Victorian

3 bay center hall hipped-roof Cottage

SS; HHT


1805 Avenue M
1805 Avenue M
19th C
Folk Victorian

5 bay side-gabled Tenant Cottage



1809 Avenue M
1809 Avenue M
19th C
Folk Victorian

Raised (LAB) side-
gabled Cottage with front add-on



1815 Avenue M
1815 Avenue M
20th C
Ranch

L-Front


1819 Avenue M

1819 Avenue M
19th C
Folk Victorian

Raised (LAB) 5 bay side-gabled center hall plan




1821 Avenue M



1821 Avenue M
19th C
Folk Victorian

Raised (LAB) 5 bay side-gabled Cottage

SS






1302 19th Street


1302 19th Street
19th C
Folk Victorian

2 story 2 bay front-gabled plan with addition



19th Street and Avenue M

1901 Avenue M


1901 Avenue M
19th C
Folk Victorian

2 story 3 bay hip-roofed rectangular plan with add-ons




1905 Avenue M


1905 Avenue M
1889
Folk Victorian

Southern townhouse with full-length windows


SS, HHT




1911 Avenue M
1911 Avenue M
20th C
????

L-Front Cottage
 



1915 Avenue M

1915 Avenue M
1886
Folk Victorian

5 bay hip-roofed Cottage




1923 Avenue M

1923 Avenue M
1886
Italianate

2 story complex plan with decorative front and wing projecting to the west, but no porches
 
Carriage step at curb
SS, HHT, HHT



1927 Avenue M


1927 Avenue M
1897
Folk Victorian

1 1/2 story 5 bay cross-gabled plan




1923 and 1927 appear to be sharing 3 lots.

20th Street and Avenue M


2001 Avenue M



2001 Avenue M
19th C
Folk Victorian

2 story 5 bay center hall plan with small double porch

Wide lot corner lot



2005 Avenue M
2005 Avenue M
1886 rebuilt, with additions, in 1901
Folk Victorian

Southern Townhouse with elaborate front, including front pediment, and large bumpout

Carriage house & iron fence



2009 Avenue M

2009 Avenue M
19th C
Folk Victorian

2 story 3 bay L-Front Cottage with wrap-around porch



2013 Avenue M


2013 Avenue M
19th C
Folk Victorian
Southern Townhouse, but wider than the typical design, and with larger columns 





2017 Avenue M

2017 Avenue M
19th C
Folk Victorian

Front-gabled Out Building set towards the back of the lot 





2019 Avenue M


2019 Avenue M
1892
Folk Victorian

Raised Shotgun

SS




2017 and 2019 appear to be sharing one lot.

2025 Avenue M




2025 Avenue M
19th C
Folk Victorian

Raised 3 bay Cottage 







1302 21st Street1302 21st Street
19th C
Folk Victorian

2 story L-Front cross-gabled plan with double porch

SS
Water's Edge Studio & Gallery

21st Street and Avenue M

After finishing the walking portion of the San Jacinto Self-Guided Tour, in front of the Water's Edge Gallery, at 1302 21st Street, turn around and look across the street. The large brick building at 1313 21st Street is the Galveston Orphans Home, the first stop on the remainder of the tour. You may want to cross the street to get a better look, and to read the historical plaque.

Orphan's Home
Galveston Orphan's Home
1313 21st Street (21st & Ave M)

The Orphan's Home was constructed in 1902, after The 1900 Storm destroyed the original structure, built in 1895. Funds were provided by Henry Rosenberg's estate. The building is now a private residence.

Walk north on 21st Street to Avenue L.

Gulf Breeze
Gulf Breeze Apartments
1211 21st Street (21st & Ave L)

Gulf Breeze is a large public housing unit, for the elderly, that was built in 1969. It is a major presence in the neighborhood, but hardly fits with the historical flavor of this area.

Walk north on 21st Street to where you parked your car. Drive west on Avenue K to 2202.

St. Joseph
Saint Joseph's Catholic Church
2202 Avenue K (22nd & Ave K)

St. Joseph's (circa 1859; rebuilt 1901) is the oldest wooden church building in Galveston. It was almost completely destroyed by The Storm, and then rebuilt under the direction of Nicholas J. Clayton. The original pews are still inside, as well as the hand-
carved alters, and plaster stations of the cross.


In 1968, the Galveston Historical Foundation leased this church, and operates it as a museum, and also makes it available for public and private events.

Drive west on Avenue K to 23rd Street. Turn left (south) on 23rd Street, continue two blocks to 1320.

Gulf Breeze
Kirwin High School
1320 23rd Street (23rd & Ave M)

Originally, Kirwin (1942) served as Galveston's Catholic High School for Boys. Including subsequent additions, it is now O'Connell High School, Galveston's co-ed Catholic high school.

Drive south two blocks on 23rd Street to Avenue N. Turn left (east), and continue two blocks to 21st Street. Turn right (south) on 21st Street, continue one block to Avenue N 1/2. Turn left (east) on N 1/2, and continue to 2013.

San Jacinto Community Garden
San Jacinto Community Garden
2013 Avenue N 1/2

Until just a few years ago, this lot was the site of the remains of an old house, as well as an unofficial trash dump, that was overgrown with weeds. After a great deal of effort, the San Jacinto Neighborhood Association obtained the ownership, and use of the lot, from the City, with the stipulation that it be used as a neighborhood garden.

Since then it has been transformed into the San Jacinto Community Garden, with common-use areas, and some individual vegetable plots, and it also serves as the site for Neighborhood social functions. Recently the Garden added a rebuilt Rosenberg Fountain.

Drive east on Avenue N 1/2 five blocks to 1514.

Austion School
Steven F. Austin Junior High School
1514 Avenue N 1/2 (Ave N 1/2 between 15th & 16th)

A major institution, in the Neighborhood, since its construction in 1939, the school, and its playground, occupy two full city blocks. It is currently closed for renovations. Note the Art Deco panel above the door depicting Galveston industry: bales of cotton being loaded onto ships, oil derricks, and smokestacks, being illuminated by the rays of the Sun.

Drive east on Avenue N 1/2 to 15th Street, turn left (north), continue two blocks, and turn left (west) on Avenue M 1/2. Continue two blocks to 1628.

German Methodist Church
German Methodist Episcopal Church
1628 Avenue M 1/2 (17th & Ave M 1/2)

This church (1909) is one of the most unique in the Neighborhood. It is now a Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Drive north on 17th Street to Avenue L, turn right (east), and continue four blocks to 1227.

Bakery
Graugnard's Bakery Building
1227 Avenue L (13th & Ave L)

Probably the only Art Nouveau structure in the Neighborhood, it was built as a bakery in 1940.



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