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She endures soaring ups and crashing downs she is sometimes called 'Oleander City ' she was the third largest port in the nation in the late 1800s - she is Galveston, undaunted and enjoying a renaissance that began in the 1970s. 'The Galveston That Was,' containing numerous updates and corrections, is a republication of the 1966 edition. With photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Ezra Stoller, this handsome volume not only pays visual tribute to the architectural glories of Galveston, but also captures its indomitable spirit. In the mansions and public buildings built during the city's heyday is found an astounding display of Victorian architecture. The Heidenheimer Castle boasts a tower and wall construction of poured cement and oyster shell. An attached porch may have been built as a 'ruin' because 'The Victorians adored buildings in a half-ruined state they called it `pleasing decay.'' The Customs House, a study in Greek Revival, is awash in cast-iron balustrades, window frames, columns, cornices and dentils. Undoubtedly, it was once one of the city's most significant buildings. These and countless more examples of mid 19th century architecture are presented from various angles in stunning photographs. The text is a valuable lesson in Texas history as well as a fascinating story of the lives of many who had an impact on the Queen City. - Gail Cooke
I bought this as a gift for a daughter whose interests include photography and historic preservation. I haven't seen more than the cover because the copy in the store is sealed in plastic. Her husband says she hasn't put it down all day.