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Nellie and J. C. League House

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1893, N. J. Clayton and Company. 1710 Broadway

The last great house Clayton designed in the Broadway castle district was built for second-generation members of Galveston's elite, Nellie Ball and John Charles League. The League House reflects the impact of the Sealy House ( GV17) on Clayton's sensibilities. It is a brick house, soberly faced with gray stucco and decorated with white Colonial Revival detail. Raised above grade on an arched basement, it contains a colonnaded first-floor gallery that pivots around what now appears to be a residual corner turret but was originally an open, second-floor piazza. Clayton retained his basic towered villa plan format but emphasized horizontal continuity instead of vertical extension, and compositional integration rather than picturesque variety. By the early twenty-first century, this was the last grand late-nineteenth-century house on Broadway still occupied as a single-family residence. Set in an enclosed park, unair-conditioned, with its green louvered blinds drawn shut, the League House appears like a fragment of uptown New Orleans displaced to the Texas Gulf shore.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Nellie and J. C. League House", [Galveston, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 423-423.

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