Thomas Jefferson League Building

Thomas Jefferson League Building (HM28RF)

Location: Galveston, TX 77550 Galveston County
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N 29° 18.425', W 94° 47.671'

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Thomas Jefferson League (1834-74) had this building constructed in 1871, putting the final touches on the structure when a new galvanized iron cornice was installed on October 8, 1872, after a storm damaged the new building at the corner of Tremont and the Strand. It was built on the site of the old "Moro Castle", a fashionable public bar newly refurbished as the Cohn Brothers clothing emporium when it was set on fire during a robbery on December 3, 1869, resulting in the destruction of a large portion of the central business district of that time. League was an attorney and also the son-in-law of Samuel May Williams, one of the leading statesmen of the Texas Republic, a founder of the city of Galveston, a wharf developer and a banker.

The architectural style of the building is Renaissance Revival. Original iron fronts on the League Building were cast by the Southern Ornamental Iron Works of New Orleans. The second and third floors are of Houston brick, and originally the structure was crowned with a galvanized iron cornice.

The building was originally divided into three stores occupied by: I. Bernstein & Co., clothiers, with the entire corner, three stories, "in the most splendid clothing store in the South"; Robinson & Co., stationery and printing; and Woston, Wells & Vidor, cotton factors and commission

merchants. In 1884, the firm of S. Jacobs, Bernheim & Co., wholesale clothing dealers and manufacturers, occupied the entire building. In 1893, this firm was replaced by several smaller concerns, including the Pacific Express Company and Island City Manufacturers, also clothing manufacturers, as well as the office of the building's owner at that time - brother to the original builder - who listed himself simply as "J.C. League, Capitalist". In 1921, the entire building was occupied by Ben Blum & Co., a wholesale hardware outlet, which continued in business in the building until 1972.

In 1973, the Galveston Historical Foundation purchased the building through its Strand Revolving Fund. In 1976, the building was sold with preservation deed restrictions to George and Cynthia Mitchell for development as a restaurant and shops on the first floor, and offices on the upper floors. The restoration of the exterior has been assisted by a grant from the Texas Historical Commission.
HM NumberHM28RF
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Date Added Monday, June 25th, 2018 at 7:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 325718 N 3243344
Decimal Degrees29.30708333, -94.79451667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 18.425', W 94° 47.671'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 18' 25.5" N, 94° 47' 40.26" W
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Area Code(s)409, 281
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2301 Avenue B, Galveston TX 77550, US
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