A Victorian Porch-Lover's Delight in Galveston, Texas

by Amanda Davis

For this week’s fixer-upper I thought we’d travel to Galveston, Texas (for one, it’s in the 70s there right now!). How cute is this house?! I’ve never been to this coastal city, but I recently discovered my great-grandfather arrived here when he immigrated to the United States over 100 years ago. Pretty neat! Galveston has a lot of great old homes, including this beauty at 1808 Avenue K that’s for sale for $106,000 (though the sale is currently pending). It was built by William J. Killeen around 1886, and has three beds and two baths.
The facade has all of its wonderful historic details. I’m totally smitten with the double balconies and the green shutters on those long windows. So much charm packed into over 2,300 square feet! It even has its paired double entry doors. I feel like those are one of the first things to go, so it’s great that they’re still there.

Rocking chairs on an amazing historic porch. The seller and I are definitely on the same page!
Love the inset mirror of this gorgeous fireplace! Not to mention the high ceilings. And it’s great to see the original pocket doors on the left-hand side of the photo. Simple touches like these lend so much character, don’t they?
Lots of doorways with transoms. I’d definitely remove all the paint on the glass to allow more light to flood into each room. Interior transoms like these are such great features of old homes. Why hide them? These shots also give a sneak peek of the beautiful two-over-two windows I just can’t get enough of in historic homes.
It looks like original paneled doors, wood floors, and the stairway are all still intact too. Perfect!
With the weather in the northeast threatening to never warm up, I think I just might need to retrace my great-grandfather’s steps and buy myself a beauty of an old house deep in the heart of Galveston.
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Amanda is an historic preservationist living in New York City with a particular fondness for fixer-uppers. She can be spotted checking out quirky historic details here, there, and everywhere in her handmade dresses. Every time Amanda sees a cozy room with large windows and beautiful built-ins she can’t help but imagine her very own sewing nook with oldies music playing in the background.

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