Richmond Road was Wharton's grand avenue. A number of the houses on which the street's reputation was staked still exist. The most impressive is a compound house, composed of two houses: the c. 1877 Goodsey House, now the second story, and the c. 1910 Hamilton House below. It is the arched brick loggia of J. A. Hamilton's downstairs addition (attributed to Houston architect Lewis Sterling Green), backed by fanlit French doors, that gives the entire house its graceful presence. Architectural historian Ellen Beasley in Galveston Architecture Guidebook (1996) has observed that elevating a one-story cottage and inserting a new ground floor beneath it was a common technique for adding to nineteenth-century houses in Galveston and it is a process visible elsewhere along the Texas Gulf Coast.
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