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JULY 2017
day, Ash always seems to find baby
birds,” laughs her husband. Ashley takes
them to a local rehabilitator she refers to
as the ‘Bird Lady.’
As the couple walks down the street,
they identify which houses are on the
Heritage at Risk list, which ones are on
their wish list, and comment on the
details of each eclectic home.
Just two blocks from this current
project, they have purchased an 1887
home they want to restore and keep for
their own. From the street the amount of
work to be done looks forbidding, but the
Cordrays focus only on the history and
unique architectural details.
“It sat vacant since 2009,” Michael
explains. “The last owner prior to the
gentleman we bought it from lived
there from when she was born in 1922.
The original owner made his fortune
in Galveston by importing slate, so it
actually has a slate curb. I think it’s the
only slate curb on the island; it even has
the carriage stone. [This house] also has
the tallest ceilings of any home we’ve
bought yet—twelve foot ceilings and ten
foot doors.”
The home was subdivided at one
time, but luckily details such as the
stair banister were not damaged in
the process. Unfortunately, looting has
occurred on the property, which claimed
a newel post and trim work.
“It even had the original gasoliers up
until five months ago,” adds Ashley.
“Someone in broad daylight looted our
handrail. This house had squatters living
in it for so long, the neighbors thought
they were the real owners.”
Luckily for Galveston, Michael and
Ashley are not easily deterred by the
condition of neglected, historic homes
on the island.
“After Ike, they were tearing down a lot
of houses and putting up boxes,” shares
Michael. “We watched a lot of nice ones
get torn down. If they can survive nature,
they need to survive us. We’re inspired
by the work that GHF has done, but there
need to be more private people down here
saving them, too. As long as there are still
houses to work on, we’ll be doing this.”
New project house
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