W.L. Moody, Jr. was a Galveston entrepreneur who purchased a 32-room, four-story Italianate mansion built by another Galveston family and completed in 1895. Moody bought it shortly after the infamous hurricane of 1900. It is a stunning mansion now open to the public and is nationally recognized on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Moody Mansion covers almost 28,000 square feet. The exterior is built of brick and limestone. Inside, one can see a huge ballroom, stained glass, coffered ceilings, rare hand-carved wood, and a gold-leaf dining room ceiling. The grounds are beautifully landscaped. There are also heirlooms from the Moody family, who are notable in Texas philanthropy, on display. (They ran banking and insurance companies, and contributed heavily to the University of Texas, which has buildings and departments named after the Moodys.)
The tour offers a glimpse into the life of an early 20th-century family of means. The house incorporates many then state-of-the-art pieces of technology, such as speaking tubes so people on the various floors could communicate with servants.
Members of the Moody family lived in the house until the mid-1980s, when it was made into a museum. All the furnishings are original to the Moody family. There are also original cars on display in the garage, including vintage Studebakers used by the family.
The Moody Mansion is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Tours of 20 of the mansion’s rooms are given hourly on the weekends and every other hour on weekdays.
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