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.
Architect: Michael Gaertner & Associates
Funders: 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
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This restoration has saved an historic structure, stimulated several other projects and provided permanent housing for artists. I would call that a win by any standard.