McKinney-McDonald House, Galveston, Texas

Before photo: waymarking.com. After photo: Wikimedia.

Before & After ~ McKinney-McDonald House, Galveston, TX. Another wonderful example of what is possible with determination and commitment.

Built c. 1889, the house survived the devastating 1900 hurricane that destroyed much of Galveston. The house experienced a fire on the interior in the 1990s, leaving it uninhabitable. Following further damage from Hurricane Ike in 2008, it was threatened with demolition.

The two-story frame structure with prominent double gallery represents a subtle break away from the symmetrical Victorian houses typical of Galveston with elements such as the front bay, off-set gallery, projecting corner pavilions, and corner wing. The house is lavish in its display of ornamentation. The bays have richly molded detail and carved friezes. The gallery displays bold three- dimensional detail in the variety of curved, circular and rounded shapes, rows of spindles, and turned posts.

Fortunately, the Galveston Historical Foundation acquired the property and restored the exterior before selling it to a private owner who undertook the interior restoration in 2019.

“Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” was written to help people who want to restore a house with sensitivity to its character-defining features.

Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

Our shop also carries select preservation and restoration titles by other authors. Save with our multi-book combo packs!

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