Texas Independence Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Galveston: Bishop's Palace (Walter Gresham Home)

The grand 1886 Bishop’s Palace was designed by noted architect Nicholas Clayton for prominent politician, businessman and former Confederate Col. Walter Gresham. The Galveston Houston Diocese of the Catholic Church later purchased the house for Bishop Christopher Byrne. The American Institute of Architects designated Bishop’s Palace as one of the 100 outstanding buildings in the United States. A National Historic Landmark, Bishop’s Palace is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is considered one of the country’s most significant examples of a Victorian residence. Boasting a dramatic turret on the southeast corner, the mansion features an exquisite interior, with marble columns, 14-foot ceilings, an octagonal mahogany stairwell, spectacular stained glass, woodcarvings, and decorative plaster ceilings and walls. Bishop’s Palace is open to the public for several tours throughout the week offering varying degrees of access to the rooms.


  • 1402 Broadway St
  • Galveston, Texas
  • 77550


Hours & Fees

  • Sunday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Adults: $12, Youth (6-18): $9, Children (Under 5 and younger): Free