The Galveston Historical Foundation invites the public to a special tour of its newest location and awards reception of the 2017 Sally B. Wallace Preservation Awards from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the 1904 GH&H Depot, 3304 Market St., in Galveston.

Admission is $15 and includes complimentary beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres. Advance RSVP is available at

The awards, named after the late Sally B. Wallace, one of the driving forces behind Galveston Island’s preservation movement and a pivotal figure in saving the antebellum Ashton Villa from demolition, recognize outstanding projects and craftspeople involving the preservation, restoration, and enhancement of Galveston County’s historic buildings and neighborhoods.

“It is exciting to see so many preservation winners and such extremely high quality rehabilitation and restoration,” Dwayne Jones, executive director of GHF, said. “These winners showcase some of the best examples of preservation in the state.”

Projects completed after Jan. 1, 2016, were considered for the awards. All entries were judged on impact to the community. Criteria included sensitivity to the historic integrity of the building and its site, preservation of historic materials and impact of the project or program on the preservation of Galveston County’s historic neighborhoods and resources. A project can be nominated either by the property owner or by another individual or group.

For more information, contact Will Wright, director of communications and special events, 409-765-3404 or

2017 award recipients


Joan and Melody Oelze — circa 1854 Ernest Seiling House, 1509 Mechanic St.

Michael and Ashley Cordray — 1913 John and Artie Gilbert House, 3608 Avenue O

New Construction, infill

Sullivan Land Services — Cedars at Carver Park and The Villas on The Strand; and 2915 Ball and 1524 Strand

Greg Lewis, Lewis Design Group — Garage & Guest Quarters at 1839 Samuel May Williams House, 3601 Avenue P


Nancy Saint-Paul — 1871 Original B’nai Israel Temple, 824 22nd Street

Galveston Arts Center — 1878 First National Bank Building, 2127 Strand

City of Galveston Parks and Recreation Department

Sexton Office, Old City Cemetery, Broadway Cemetery District

Green Revival

David Bowers — 1899 Samuel and Matilda Levine House, 1400 Rosenberg

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