Save the Bishop's Palace
by: Jim Bell, July 27, 2005 12:07:00 am
The Bishop's Palace was built in the 1880s as a private home. The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston has owned it since the 1920s, and it was opened to the public as a tourist attraction in 1963. Unfortunately, it's falling into disrepair because the Archdiocese can't afford the upkeep anymore, so Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas and the Galveston Historical Foundation are working on a rescue.
Mayor Thomas says she would like to have the City buy it and renovate it and let the Historical Foundation run it, as they did in the 1970s when the equally historic Ashton Villa just up the street was placed on the market.
Mayor Thomas says the total combined cost for purchase and renovation will be at least several million dollars -- which will come from private donors. She says the Bishop's Palace must be saved, because she can't imagine Galveston without it.