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.
Michael Gaertner & Associates
Bank of America City of Galveston Galveston CountyHarris & Eliza Kempner FundNational Equity FundNational Trust for Historic PreservationTCF Bank
Brown FoundationCity of Galveston Jack CurrieFondren FoundationThe Grand 1894 Opera House Harris & Eliza Kempner Fund Harry S. & Isabel C. Cameron FoundationHouston Endowment, Inc. Knox Foundation McGovern FundMary Moody Northen Endowment National Trust for Historic Preservation Rockwell FundRR Family FoundationSummerlee FoundationTexas State Historic Preservation Ofﬁce
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