Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Garten Verein - Galveston, Texas

My husband and I attended a lovely wedding this past Saturday in Galveston, Texas.
The ceremony and reception were held at
the Garten Verein. What a wonderful building that
has lived on in spite of three major hurricanes, including the
1900 Galveston Hurricane which I wrote about in a previous posting. This is what the we know about it...

The flamboyant octagonal Garten Verein (Garden Club) was the center of 19th-century refined social life in Galveston. Lit at night like a fairy lantern, dancing couples would swirl within as German waitresses served beer steins and sandwiches.

Built by Galveston's prosperous German community — but open to anyone who could afford the modest membership — the whimsically designed Victorian pavilion flew the flags of all nations, and sported a bowling green, exotically landscaped park, croquet grounds, an ornate fountain, and even a genteel zoo.

Galveston businessman Stanley Kempner bought the site in 1923 and donated it to the city as a public park dedicated to his parents.

In 1998, the Kempner Fund provided a $1 million restoration grant for the fanciful pavilion.

Galveston is still struggling a bit to recover from Hurricane Ike, but they are well on their way. It may have been a stroke of luck, but the beaches and water were outstanding. We stayed at the historic Hotel Galvez and thoroughly enjoyed the it all.

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