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National Hotel Artist Lofts

Restoring Galveston's Cultural Centerpiece

2221 Market Street, Galveston, TX, 77550




Local Artist

Resident Artist



First Floor Commercial Space



Few buildings have histories as colorful as that of the National Hotel Artist Lofts. Built in 1870 as an opera house, the building enjoyed a glamorous but brief reign as Galveston’s cultural centerpiece. In 1895, a new owner substantially rebuilt it as an office building. Five years later, it survived the great hurricane of 1900, which leveled much of Galveston. It subsequently housed a bank, various stores and offices and the National Hotel.

Developed at a cost of $3.6 million, this important Galveston landmark has now been reborn as the National Hotel Artist Lofts, a 27-unit live/work building that includes both affordable and market-rate housing as well as ground-floor commercial space.

The National Hotel project has played a key role in the continuing renaissance of the Strand, a National Historic Landmark District of mainly Victorian era buildings that has become a major tourist attraction. 

Development Cost

$3.6 million


Michael Gaertner & Associates

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Strand historic district
About the Neighborhood
Located in downtown Galveston and considered the island city’s shopping and entertainment center, the Strand is a National Historic Landmark District of mainly Victorian buildings that now house restaurants, antique stores, and shops.
Our Thanks to...


Bank of America
City of Galveston
Galveston County
Harris & Eliza Kempner Fund
National Equity Fund
National Trust for Historic Preservation
TCF Bank


Brown Foundation
City of Galveston
Jack Currie
Fondren Foundation
The Grand 1894 Opera House
Harris & Eliza Kempner Fund
Harry S. & Isabel C. Cameron Foundation
Houston Endowment, Inc.
Knox Foundation
McGovern Fund
Mary Moody Northen Endowment
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Rockwell Fund
RR Family Foundation
Summerlee Foundation
Texas State Historic Preservation Office