Details for French-Galvan House (Atlas Number 5355002059)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5355002059


Marker Number 2059
Atlas Number 5355002059
Marker Title French-Galvan House
Index Entry French - Galvan House
Address 1513 North Chaparrel
City Corpus Christi
County Nueces
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 658097
UTM Northing 3076746
Subject Codes Colonial Revival; houses, residential buildings
Marker Year 1986
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location Heritage Park, 1513 North Chaparrel, Corpus Christi
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text Originally located at the corner of Waco and Comanche Streets, this colonial revival home was built in 1907-08 for the family of Asa Milton and Frances Garrett French. A.M. French (1850-1936), a native of New Hampshire, was a surveyor and civil engineer. He settled in Corpus Christi in 1882 after working on the construction of the Texas-Mexican railroad and became an active civic leader. The home was acquired by Rafael Galvan (1887-1966) in 1942. Galvan was a Corpus Christi policeman for 20 years and was a founder and charter member of the league of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). A prominent businessman as well, he also opened a popular ballroom. The home remained in the Galvan family for 40 years. The french galvan house is a two story structure with a wraparound gallery on each floor. The first story boasts ionic columns. The central dormer on the hipped roof features a palladian window and is surrounded by a balustrade. The classical ionic order is also featured at the front entryway. The Corpus Christi landmark was moved to this site in 1983.