This is it — the 1870 building where Galveston County’s Treasurer uncovered a hidden treasure of more than 100 unused old-growth pine and cypress windows dating from about 1900 above a false ceiling in the third-floor loft he’s renovating. The Magale Building at 2311-2315 Strand in Galveston was likely a window and door store and warehouse at one time, the Galveston Historical Foundation’s Matt Farragher told Galveston County Daily News reporter Hayley Kappes. That Strand neighborhood was once the city’s hardware district.
Kevin Walsh bought the loft not long after Hurricane Ike — from someone who’d lived there for 30 years. He found the windows when he ripped out the ceiling late last year.
Walsh, a CPA, also serves on the finance committee of the Galveston Historical Foundation; he’s already donated the windows to the non-profit organization. They’ll eventually go on sale at the foundation’s architectural salvage warehouse on 23rd St.
There is a series of numbers written on the ceiling near the stairway entrance, which Walsh thinks were used to keep inventory of items stored there years ago.
Once the building was converted to offices and apartments, the windows were forgotten with the change of owners, he said.
“The windows are in fantastic condition, and there are lots of different sizes, which make great replacement sash windows,” Farragher said. “This is a great prize for us. It’s rare to find items in this great of shape.”
Some of the windows are commercial size and would suit most buildings on The Strand, Farragher said.
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