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National Hotel Artist Lofts

Restoring Galveston's Cultural Centerpiece

2221 Market Street Galveston, TX, 77550

Overview

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, and survived the great hurricane of 1900 that leveled much of Galveston. Developed at a cost of $3.6 million, this important Galveston landmark has been reborn as the National Hotel Artist Lofts, a 27-unit artist live/work building that includes ground-floor commercial space. The National Hotel Artist Lofts played a key role in the renaissance of the Strand, a National Historic Landmark District with many Victorian-era buildings, which has become a major tourist attraction. 

Bank of America, City of Galveston, Galveston County, Harris & Eliza Kempner Fund, National Equity Fund, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and 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, and the Texas State Historic Preservation Office 

2001

Architect:

Michael Gaertner & Associates

Development Cost:

$3.6 million

Square Feet:

36,267 

Units:

27 live/work units