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During our weekend at Galveston, we were able to tour several historic homes. Since we enjoy anything Victorian, this was the perfect place for us!

This rambling mansion was built in 1892 by Narcissa Worsham Willis after the death of her husband. Mrs. Willis had always wanted to live in this prestigious area, so determined to do so with the help of architect, William H. Tyndall, creating a mansion with 31 rooms.

After Mrs. Willis' death in 1899, the house was sold to W.L.Moody, Jr. and his wife, Libby Shearn after the Galveston Storm of 1900 for $20,000. He was the only bidder! Mr. Moody had joined his father in business at the age of 21 and showing a gift for finance exceeded his father's income.

W.L. Moody lived in this house until his death in 1954, at which time his daughter Mary Northen Moody moved back into her former home for the next 40 years. Mary is known for her philanthropy in the Galveston area, sitting on the board of some 50 corporations.

Hurricane Alicia began a restoration that lasted five years after Mary's death. Noted preservationists and consultants were involved in the refurbishing.

*For more information see Galveston Architecture Guidebook by Ellen Beasley and Stephen Fox, Rice University Press and Galveston Historical Foundation

Address: 2618 Broadway St.,Galveston, Tx.

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  • Updated Dec 27, 2006
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