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Galveston’s late 19th century architecture is a perfect example of how cast iron was used to add decorative facades to the once no-frills commercial buildings. Cast iron was first used in Galveston in 1858, for the exterior  Corinthian columns on the U.S Customs House. The Strand/Mechanic Historic District has one of the largest collections of cast-iron commercial buildings in the country. In addition to the Historic District, several of the commercial buildings on Market and Post Office also showcase decorative cast-iron embellishments.

If you are interested in learning more about decorative cast iron in Galveston, you may want to read:
“The Architecture of Galveston’s Golden Age:
Cast Iron Facades in the Strand District”
By Carol Y. Shanks, May 1998