National Hotel Artist Lofts


It’s not every day you get to create a new life for a historic landmark like the National Hotel. Located in the center of Galveston, this property is the heart of our city—deeply rooted in our community and culture. With Brian’s guidance, the National Hotel restoration brought new purpose and vitality to this beloved building.
– V. J. Tramonte, Community leader and lifelong Galveston resident


The National Hotel building is not only historic– it was part of history. Built in 1870 as an opera house, the building enjoyed a glamorous but brief reign as Galveston’s cultural centerpiece. In 1895, a new owner substantially rebuilt it as an office building. Five years later, it survived the great hurricane of 1900 that killed more than 8,000 Galveston residents. Notably, Isaac Cline, the chief weatherman for Texas, headquartered out of the National Hotel Building through the storm.

In 2001 this important Galveston landmark was reborn as the National Hotel Artist Lofts, a 27-unit live/work building that includes both affordable and market-rate housing as well as ground floor commercial space.

The National Hotel project has played a key role in the continuing renaissance of the Strand, a National Historic Landmark District of mainly Victorian era buildings that has become a major Galveston tourist attraction.

Location:Galveston, TX
Total Development Cost:$3.6 million
Number of Units:27 Units / Affordable
Total Area:36,267 sf
Commercial:2,850 sf
Completion:January 2012
Financing:First Mortgage, Historic Tax Credits, City and County Funding, Philanthropic Support