Details for The Heidenheimer Bros. Marine Building (Atlas Number 5167007486)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5167007486


Marker Number 7486
Atlas Number 5167007486
Marker Title The Heidenheimer Bros. Marine Building
Index Entry Heidenheimer Bros. Marine Building, The
City Galveston
County Galveston
UTM Zone 15
UTM Easting 326287
UTM Northing 3243591
Subject Codes boats, ships, ferries, barges, and other marine vessels; markets, merchantiles
Marker Year 1986
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location 21st and Mechanic St.
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text Built in 1876 by German immigrant Samson Heidenheimer (d. 1891), this building has housed a number of wholesale and retail businesses. According to local tradition, Heidenheimer began business in Galveston prior to the Civil War as a street vendor, and during the war built up a lucrative business by dealing in cotton and blockade running. With his brothers, he opened a wholesale grocery business which operated under various names at this location until 1904. Suderman & Dolson Stevedores, a division of the Morgan Steamship Line, moved here in 1904, and during their occupancy the building was known as the Marine Building. The structure was sold to a New Orleans businessman, who lost it to a Houston bank in 1933. A member of the Heidenheimer family bought the property in 1941, and it changed hands several times in the succeeding years. An important commercial and historic landmark, the building underwent restoration in 1984-85. The two-story structure is of Victorian-era styling, with Italianate Hood molds on the second level and ogee arches on the first story. Features include corbelled detail and exaggerated style elements incorporated into the stuccoed masonry. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1986