24 Sep about us – history – history of building
The Junior League of Galveston County, Inc. was the first organization to commit its efforts, funds and talents toward the purchase and restoration of a structure on the historic Strand. The Trueheart Adriance Building, designed by Galveston’s foremost architect, Nicholas Clayton, was chosen for its unique and exemplary design and because it housed the first realty firm in Texas.
Simultaneously, the League created a program for the cultural and educational enrichment of the community. The First National Bank Building, the site of the first bank in Texas to receive a national charter, was to be utilized in housing this new project. A non profit organization comprised of diverse community leaders was formed to administer the program.
Six years after these initial efforts, the League headquarters were located in the beautifully refurbished upstairs of the Trueheart Adriance Building. The Galveston Arts Center is now housed in the First National Bank Building and implements a successful cultural and educational program.
Having revived the former integrity of two historic buildings, by providing a stimulus to others, and by demonstrating the invaluable contribution the renewed Strand area offers to the future of Galveston, the Junior League of Galveston County, Inc. can proudly claim that it has attained its original goals.