Details for Carl and Hilda Biehl House (Atlas Number 5507017278)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5507017278

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Marker Number 17278
Atlas Number 5507017278
Marker Title Carl and Hilda Biehl House
Index Entry Biehl, Carl and Hilda, House
Address 1416 Broadway
City Galveston
County Galveston
UTM Zone
UTM Easting
UTM Northing
Subject Codes houses, residential buildings; Classical Revival [architectural style]; women
Marker Year 2012
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location Southeast corner of the lot facing Broadway.
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text IN 1902, GALVESTON WAS STILL RECOVERING FROM THE MOST DEVASTATING HURRICANE IN RECORDED HISTORY. MANY BUILDINGS WERE BADLY DAMAGED, INCLUDING THE HOUSE AT 1416 BROADWAY. IN THE EARLY 1900s, CARL CHRISTIAN BIEHL IMMIGRATED TO GALVESTON FROM GERMANY. HE FOUNDED A SHIPPING COMPANY IN 1905, NOW KNOWN AS BIEHL AND COMPANY, WHICH SERVICED GALVESTON BEFORE THE PORT OF HOUSTON WAS ESTABLISHED. CARL MARRIED HILDA REYMERSHOFFER SOON AFTER ARRIVING IN GALVESTON AND THEY HAD THREE CHILDREN. IN 1915, BIEHL PURCHASED THE DAMAGED HOME AND CLEARED THE SITE TO BUILD A NEW STRUCTURE FOR HIS FAMILY. DESIGNED BY NOTED ARCHITECT ANTON F. KORN, JR., THE HOME WAS COMPLETED IN 1916 IN A CLASSICAL REVIVAL ARCHITECTURAL STYLE. THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE HOUSE CONSISTED OF BRICK AND CONCRETE TO STAND UP TO THE HURRICANES AND STRONG WINDS COMMON TO GALVESTON. KORN’S DESIGN FEATURED A FRONT VERANDA, ORIGINAL HARDWOOD FLOORS, OAK PANELING AND MOLDINGS, AND THREE FIREPLACES. THE EXTERIOR WAS DESIGNED TO BE SYMMETRICAL AND DISCREET, A CHANGE IN AESTHETICS FROM VICTORIAN DESIGN COMMON BEFORE THE TURN OF THE CENTURY. SOME UNIQUE FEATURES INCLUDE A SPACIOUS ATTIC THAT WAS USED AS A GYMNASIUM FOR THE CHILDREN AND A RARE FUNCTIONING CISTERN AT THE BACK OF THE HOUSE. CARL PASSED AWAY IN 1936 AND HILDA PASSED TEN YEARS LATER. THE HOME REMAINED IN THE BIEHL FAMILY AND WAS CARED FOR BY THEIR DAUGHTER, MARGARET “SIS” BIEHL, A LOCAL ARTIST, UNTIL HER PASSING IN 2008. THIS HISTORIC HOME SURVIVED MANY HURRICANES SINCE 1916 AND SITS ADJACENT TO THE ISLAND’S MOST FAMOUS MANSION, BISHOP’S PALACE. THE ARCHITECTURE AND HISTORY OF THE BIEHL HOUSE CREATE ONE OF GALVESTON’S MOST TREASURED STRUCTURES.