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January 9, 2013 / philosophermouseofthehedge

A Lady defiant.

They worried what was to become of her.

She defiantly stood apart.

Holding that backbone straight – even after all these years.

Portrait by Silvy. Victorian era.(Public domain: expired copyright /

Portrait by Silvy. Victorian era.
(Public domain: expired copyright /

She knew what they said.

But they would never say it to her face.

Built like a brick – well, “solidly” or “presented a formidable presence” –

Some still made an attempt to preserve some of society’s social graces.

A classic.

That’s what they called her.

So she held onto that.

Portrait, 1839-1920. (US public domain. expired copyright/date of

Portrait, 1839-1920. (US public domain: expired copyright/ publication date/

She had been under fire before.

It had been disturbing.

Simply ignore the scars of those battles.

They speculated as they watched when she struggled and went underwater.

Well, that episode was weathered – as were many others.

Defiant still of their vulture-like stares.

Portrait by Rodger, 1860s (US public domain: expired

Portrait by Rodger, 1860s (US public domain. Expired

She’d outlive them all. Just watch.

She had much to offer despite it all.

Old money.

A Grande Dame.


Turning from the back porch which at one time offered a view of the bay, she looked forward.

The carriages were waiting out front.

It suited.

By turning back the clock, she would now be able to go forward – in style and grace.

Portrait, 1878. (US public domain: expired copyright. Lavis

Portrait, 1878. (US public domain: expired copyright. Lavis Collection/

They came.

With smiles and rescue.

She could build on that.

Portait of the Marquess.prior to 1860. (US public domain: artist's life.

Portrait of the Marquess.prior to 1860. (US public domain: artist’s life.

And who is the mysterious lady?

Her portrait is here.

Her story will intrigue.

The Hendley, located on what was once called the Wall Street of the South, has been through fires, hurricanes, and was where “the first Confederate cannon shot in the Civil War’s 1863 Battle of Galveston was launched from its roof; a 20th Street-facing column still bears the scar of returning Union fire.”

Click the Google entry listed as Houston Chronicle’s “Restoration on horizon for Strand’s Grande Dame” 

Or cross your finders and maybe read of her story here:

(or click  here  for the news article by Allan Turner but Houston Chronicle sometimes asks for subscription for full article. How annoying.)

Quietly admiring,

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

A rare beauty. Painting by gustave Jacquet, 1846-1909. (US public domain: expired copyright. artist's

A rare beauty. Painting by Gustave Jacquet, 1846-1909.
(US public domain: expired copyright. artist’s


  1. heretherebespiders / Jan 9 2013 7:34 pm

    Aww. Can’t read the story without subscribing to the website.


  2. PiedType / Jan 9 2013 7:52 pm

    Not being a subscriber, I couldn’t read her story in the Chronicle, but I’m delighted she will be saved. Grand dames of her era should be shown proper respect, not cast aside and forgotten as is so often the case.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 9 2013 11:16 pm

      Oh, poo. The link may be picking up cookies. try clearing them. Then see if you can grab her story this way: Google “Galveston Strand grand dame” which should bring up an entry that starts like “Restoration on horizon for….” Sorry for the confusion…I’m working on a fix. Thanks


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 9 2013 11:39 pm

      Tried an update with additional links. Sorry for the confusion…it must sog from all the rain….


  3. shoreacres / Jan 9 2013 8:25 pm

    I love the Hendley. It’s a great building, and not only that, Hendley Market is one of my favorite stores on the Strand. (The candy store might be #1!) I can’t read the article in the Chron, either, but I’m delighted to know there’s restoration afoot.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 9 2013 10:34 pm

      The west part with Hendley Market wasn’t included in the sale. Apparently some restoration is already in progress with that part.
      How annoying about the link. It works fine here, but trying to fix it.
      Let me know if this one works. Thanks


      • shoreacres / Jan 9 2013 10:39 pm

        The links work – I get the photo and a couple of lines, but then it’s “to read the rest, cough up some coin”. It’s the new thing, don’t you know. But $2.50’s too much for one article.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 9 2013 10:44 pm

          See if you can get there by clicking the link on this site about “developers face….” thanks


          • shoreacres / Jan 9 2013 10:47 pm

            Nope. It takes me straight to the Chronicle, which means straight to the paywall. Not to worry – the Galveston Daily News will pick it up eventually and I don’t think they’ve gone to pay-to-play yet. 😉


          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 9 2013 10:50 pm

            Think it has to do with cookies. It’s going to drive me crazy, now. It’s a great story…this is what I get for not taking time to write the whole story! (Did you realize the waterfront used to be at the back of those buildings – all that stuff including the railroad tracks and Stabucks is on fill dirt. And there are cannonball holes from a battle during the War between the States. Lots of neat stuff in her story…now off to try and fix…)


          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 9 2013 10:59 pm

            Nope Galveston News definitely charges.
            Try google the words “Galveston strand building restoration” and see if an entry “Restoration on horizon for Strand’s….”
            Does that work?


  4. jmmcdowell / Jan 10 2013 12:08 am

    Maybe it’s no surprise I’m a big proponent of saving historic buildings and finding a way for them to function in today’s world. Although when it comes to many of the “modern” buildings of the 1950s-1970s, maybe not so much. 😉


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 10 2013 12:50 am

      The old ones were made so solidly. Lots more character. Really glad Mitchell’s group grabbed this one. Thanks for stacking a comment on the pile.


  5. jannatwrites / Jan 10 2013 6:14 am

    That’s quite an impressive building. I like to hear stories of preserving history rather than tearing it down to build something new.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 11 2013 1:19 am

      It is a cool area – and if it ever stops raining, maybe I can get some pictures of the Strand’s buildings. They do have carriage rides. It’s easy to feel like a step back in time. Thank for stopping by to chat


  6. sportsattitudes / Jan 10 2013 1:16 pm

    150 years young and counting. It is quite an impressive structure and it is indeed refreshing to hear another story where we work towards preserving our true history instead of trying to fabricate a new one.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 11 2013 1:23 am

      Galveston’s Strand was doing so well just before Hurricane Ike. There was 8-12 feet of water in some of the buildings. But they are sturdy – went through the 1900 storm which was the big one. Like you say, lots of history. Thanks for dropping by


  7. aFrankAngle / Jan 10 2013 1:57 pm

    Wonderful tribute to a worthy member of the community.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 11 2013 1:25 am

      The Strand buildings are so unique – remnants of a era of elegance and energy. Thanks for heading over


  8. robpixaday / Jan 13 2013 6:41 pm

    YAY!!!!!!! Marvelous!!!!!!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 13 2013 10:13 pm

      Things are rebuilding in Galveston – that part of the strand took 12 feet of water during hurricane Ike. Lots of people have been worried about this one. Luckily this group has money – and George Mitchell has been the driving force behind saving other historical Galveston buildings. So yea! For sure! Thanks for cheering along


      • robpixaday / Jan 13 2013 10:17 pm

        12 feet of water…
        Mind-boggling. Truly.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 13 2013 10:21 pm

          if it ever stops raining, I’ll get some actual pictures of the strand buildings…they are getting ready for Mardi Gras ( and we are soggy soggy – stupid weather pattern…oops can’t say that – drought 2 yrs ago was more stupid – and more boring!)


  9. Kourtney Heintz / Jan 13 2013 7:27 pm

    Nice twist there–as always. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 13 2013 8:51 pm

      Appreciate your encouragement. (you might want to take a drive on the new one?) Hope the weekend is going well. Thanks for stomping down this street


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