GALVESTON The renovation of a Civil War-era cottage and its adjacent corner store saved two historic landmarks that once blighted the San Jacinto neighborhood.
The Galveston Historical Foundation and Galveston Redevelopment and Community Enterprise Corp. partnered to restore the circa-1860 cottage and an adjacent two-story corner store at 14th Street and Avenue L.
The priority from the beginning was as much as we can to look at neighborhood projects not just as renovation projects but to focus on projects the whole neighborhood enjoys, said Matthew Pelz, director of preservation services for the foundation.
Work began in March on the cottage, which had lost part of its roof, and much of the interior was left to the elements. Contractors used reclaimed wood to help renovate the floors, gave the house a new metal roof, heating, air conditioning, plumbing and wiring, among other improvements.
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