Bishop's Palace in Galveston, located in the East End Historic District.

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East End Historic District


Bordering the Strand, the residential East End Historic District has scores of pretty old houses, from simple cottages to Greek Revival mansions, some of which are often featured on the annual Historic Homes Tour. A good guide and map is available on the district's website or at the erratically open visitor center on the southwest corner of 15th and E.

The East End Historical District Association sometimes hosts walking tours. Contact for information.

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1. Bishop's Palace


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8. Ashton Villa

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The Galveston Island Visitors Center occupies most of the ground floor of this 1858 Italianate villa, while the remainder is reserved for private events.