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Review of Bishop's Palace

Bishop's Palace
Ranked #3 of 58 things to do in Galveston
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Bishop's Palace (a.k.a. Gresham House) is a contributing building in the East End Historic District, a National Historic Landmark. The house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places at the national level of significance in the area of architecture. Architectural historians list the Bishop's Palace (Gresham House) as one of the most significant of Victorian residences in the country.
Reviewed 21 December 2017

What a mansion, amazing craftsmanship. My biggest question is why did the Bishop need to live one of the most expensive homes in the country? The Roman Catholics have too much money? 250,000.00 to build in the late 18 hundreds = roughly 27 Million dollars today. Very cool place to visit though

2  Thank Dan M
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Reviewed 8 December 2017 via mobile

At $250,000 in 1887 dollars, Bishops Palace is the most expensive home built in Galveston.
You cannot go upstairs, except on very special occasions (no fire escape). The woodwork is awesome. The seven fireplaces are made of stones from the seven continents.
My house is 1 block from Bishops Palace, and was also built in 1887. It cost $1500.

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Reviewed 29 November 2017 via mobile

Still smelling very old place. It was too dark rooms. It is OK for my husband and me. Nothing exciting.

2  Thank Philomena D
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Reviewed 22 November 2017

Beautiful house with lots of rich wood. Staff was friendly and informative. Wish more of the house open to the public.

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Reviewed 22 November 2017

This house is a real show stopper from the outside. The inside has 19,082 square feet however when we were there only two floors were open for viewing. It's my understanding at different times they even have an attic tour. They have an audio tour included in the price that tells you about each of the rooms. This house withstood the Hurricane of 1900 which almost whipped out the entire city. The interior is furnished lavishly of a bygone era.

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