Tuesday, April 15, 2014
This is my new friend Layla. She's in the first grade in Michigan. We had breakfast together then went to see an amazing house called "Bishop's Palace." It was built in 1893 in Galveston, Texas, for Walter and Josephine Gresham and their children. In 1923, they sold the house to the Catholic Diocese and Bishop Byrne moved in. That's why it's called Bishop's Palace.
Can you find Galveston on a map? I'll give you a clue. Galveston is on an island off the coast of Texas. They had a terrible storm in 1900 and many of the houses and buildings in Galveston were destroyed. The Bishop's Palace was on slightly higher ground and was built very solidly so it survived.
This is the library. The woodwork in the house is very elaborate.
In this room, the book cases are made of burled black walnut.
Do you see the pattern on the floor? It is made from small pieces
of wood. Floors like this are called "parquet" which is pronounced
During the storm, the windows were smashed in and sea water got on
the floors and made the wood swell and buckle so they had to be replaced.
Rabbit. The popular children's book was written in 1903 by Beatrix Potter, an English writer. The Gresham children
probably read this book. Have you read it?
Above is the fireplace in the music room. The wood is called
satinwood and the stone is Mexican onyx. To the right you can
see a close up of a corner of the fireplace. Above the Mexican onyx, the
trim is made of silver.
house but I don't think I'd like to live there. Can you imagine how much work it would be to clean 52 rooms?
I had many more adventures in Galveston and I'll be sending you more posts in the future.