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Posted on: February 9, 2017

Texas Heroes Monument Wins 2017 Honor Award From Preservation Texas

TEXAS HEROES MONUMENT WINS 2017 HONOR AWARD FROM PRESERVATION TEXAS

City’s Efforts to Continue to Preserve History Recognized by Statewide Advocate 

(GALVESTON, TX) February 9, 2017 – Standing 72’ tall over the City of Galveston, Lady Victory points the attention of every person that is captivated by her beauty to the Battle of San Jacinto. Having stood watch over the City since 1900, the City recognized the need to preserve this dedication to the heroes of the Texas Revolution, despite not being the owners of the monument. That commitment to preserving the City’s history is what has earned the City two awards for the restoration work done in 2015-2016.

Preservation Texas announced on Wednesday February 1st the City of Galveston had been selected as a recipient of the 2017 Honor Award for a “Historic Structure in a Municipal Park.” Founded in 1985, Preservation Texas is the statewide advocate for the historic resources of Texas. The organization is recognizing nineteen historic restoration and rehabilitation projects at its 2017 Honor Awards Ceremony and Reception in Waco, Texas on February 27th.

“This monument calls Galveston home thanks to the generosity of Henry Rosenberg, a man whose legacy lives on in many places on the island.” Said Mayor Jim Yarbrough, “It was only fitting for the City to step up and ensure that the legacy of the men the monument represents, and Rosenberg’s, were restored to their original glory through the efforts of this project.”

The City’s Historic Preservation Officer, Catherine Gorman, who oversaw the project along with Charles Kenworthy will accept the award on behalf of the City in February at the ceremony in Waco.

HISTORY OF THE PROJECT

The Texas Heroes Monument, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was threatened by environmental factors and in poor condition in 2015 when the City of Galveston initiated a meticulous cleaning and restoration. The Monument is owned by the State of Texas, however no state agency has been tasked with its care. In the absence of efforts from the state, the City of Galveston has taken on responsibility for the care and maintenance of the monument. The City selected R. Alden Marshall and Associates from La Grange, TX to perform the work. The firm has over 30 years of conservation experience with monuments and fine arts across America. The restoration of the Monument was funded using Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funds. The work was completed within a short, three-month timeline, in which time they removed over 480 pounds of dirt and debris, dedicated over 480 work hours, restored the finish to the original brown patina, and sealed it with hot wax.

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