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The Menard House

Menard House

The Oldest House in Galveston

The Menard House was built in 1838 and is the oldest house on Galveston Island. Built by one of the founders of Galveston, the Menard house is a piece of living history of Galveston, Texas, and the United States of America. Furnishings throughout the house are a collection of Federal and American Empire antiques. This home also hosted Galveston’s first Mardi Gras celebration.

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Private Event Hosting Capacity Indoor

75 for stand-up function and 24 for seated dinner. The dining room of the Menard House has been meticulously furnished with exquisite federal period antiques.

Private Event Hosting Capacity Outdoor

150 for a stand-up function. The spacious, live-oak shaded grounds of the Menard House contain a romantic gazebo, perfect for sheltering a band, a buffet, or to serve as a podium for your special event.

Historical Marker Inscription Behind Menard House

Medard Menard followed his well-established cousin, Michael B. Menard, to Galveston where he married Susan LcClere in 1838. He built this house in 1882 for himself, Susan, and their daughter Marie, and her children. the home was purchased by Herbert J. Ganter and his wife, Bertha, in 1902. Its traditional Galveston form is represented by a front gallery with Eastlake detailing, dormered second level, and single door primary entrance with transom. 

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark – 1992

*Menard House is a privately owned and operated historic site listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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