The house is a salute to The Glory Years in Galveston. I personally wish the house was named for the original family, the Greshams, who painstakingly commissioned, planned, furnished and in which they raised 7 children to adulthood. The bishop was more like a sub-chapter to the home's history.
Also, the historical society has determined to furnish the home only with items actually used by the two families. Though I understand the desire for historical purity, it would help visitors envision the era and the lifestyle of the inhabitants to see the home fully furnished in the period.
The tours are not readily advertised on brochures around town, but be aware that guided tours occur only a couple times a day. Other times, you use a digital device for room information, which is okay, but soulless.
Also, the third floor is off-limits except with special tours, which I found extremely disappointing, and not clear until on the second floor gazing longingly up the barricaded staircase.
The intricacies of the workmanship and global materials is impressive which, of course, was the Gresham's intent.
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