Ashton Villa, Galveston

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Ashton Villa is a fully restored, historic home located on the corner of 24th and Broadway in Galveston, Texas, United States. Constructed in 1859, it was one of the first brick structures in Texas.
On January 7, 1859, Colonel James Moreau Brown, a prominent hardware merchant and banker, purchased four lots at the corner of 24th and Broadway in Galveston, on which to build a home. Referencing architectural pattern books current at the time, he modified several plans to design his future home. Using slave labor and skilled European craftsmen, Brown proceeded to build one of the first brick structures in Texas.
The three-story house was built in Victorian Italianate style, with deep eaves, long windows and ornate verandas that were topped by lintels made of cast iron. The brick walls were made thirteen inches thick, to help protect against humidity and add strength to the structure. The interior of the home was laid out and designed around a central hall floor plan. Brown's wife, Rebecca Ashton, named the home in honor of one of her ancestors, Lt. Isaac Ashton, a hero in the U.S. Revolutionary War.
Civil WarThe house was completed in 1861. When the American Civil War began, the home became the headquarters for the Confederate Army and served in that capacity for the entire war, except for a brief period in the fall of 1862. In the fall of 1862, Galveston was surrendered to the Union Army, which made Ashton Villa their headquarters. The Union's occupation was short lived, however, as Galveston was re-taken by the Confederates during the Battle of Galveston in January 1863.
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  • What a building, beautiful! Staff very helpful and informative. Great historic house and grounds. Thanks to all  more »
  • Our Grandson was married there two weeks ago, it was a beautiful, grand and historic house that was the perfect setting for a beautiful wedding complete with a curving staircase for the bride's entran...  more »
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  • Saw the building from the outside during an evening ghost tour, which was put on quite well by Brittany. The history of the Villa, the people who lived at there at the time, and all of the stories behind this fantastic home made the walk and the information very intriguing to my wife and I. It holds a place in history about the emancipation proclamation, the civil war, and various hurricanes where water marks are seen on the outside of the home. An adjacent botanical garden is quite unique as well. I would suggest a visit if you're in the area and would like to learn about Galveston history.
  • I love the place! To bad they don't used it as museum no more. The only way you can go is if is someone having a social event there that you know. The way I find out about this place was because they did the Maritime ball there. It is really nice for any event.

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