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The Lander-Hopkins house was designed by Hull & Praeger in 1910 for Frank B. Lander in a neoclassical revival style.




Victoria Preservation Inc. has opened five historic homes and buildings in Victoria for lovers of beautiful architecture and local history.

This year’s VPI 2022 Historic Homes Tour is called “Monuments of Faith, Beauty and Love”. It will be held on Saturday and Sunday.

The tour includes the Old Nazareth Academy, the Lander-Hopkins house, the Levi-Welder house, the DH Regan house and the Royston Nave Memorial (now the Nave Museum). All on the National Register of Historic Places.

Jeff Wright, managing director of VPI, said they “loved to include various structures in the tour”. Surprisingly, age is not the primary factor for inclusion on the tour. “Of course, we showcase flamboyant mansions built by important Victorians, but we also want to highlight more modest homes with their own fascinating histories. Telling the stories of Victorians from past years is an important part of the tour, so it’s great to research and accurately portray them. “We’re trying hard. You can’t make up some of these stories.”



Old Nazareth Academy - 106 W. Church St.

Built in 1904, the Nazareth Academy was designed by architect Jules Leffland.




Built in 1904, Old Nazareth Academy, 106 W. Church St., was designed by architect Jules Leffland. It was used by the Nazareth Academy until 1951. This unique building is described as Mission Revival infused with Alsatian design.

Wright said that “Alsace” refers to the French region of Alsace.

“A style inspired by the buildings in the region,” he said, adding: “The fictitious architecture displayed at the Nazareth Academy highlights many architectural styles. Architect Jules Leffland drew inspiration from his homeland Denmark, along with other European styles, in his ingenious design.”

Born in Denmark, Leffland studied architecture at the Institute of Technology in Copenhagen. His father and grandfather were architects, and two of his seven children became architects. In 1900, 302 E. Convent St. He built his own house at That same year, the Indianola harbor was hit by a severe hurricane, and she emigrated to Texas and became involved in the restoration of surrounding communities. He eventually founded an architectural firm in Victoria.

“Architecture tells the story of a community,” Wright said. “One of our primary goals is education – to get local history and historical preservation in people’s minds.”

People who decide to own a historic home face quite a few difficulties.

“Some who have owned historic homes over the years are seasoned veterans who enjoy exchanging stories and techniques. They are justifiably proud of their work and are not afraid to tell you. There is a friendship there. … Some people are afraid to buy a historic home, but they’re not scary. Historic homes get in your blood. ‘ said Wright.

The Lander-Hopkins home is at 202 W. Power Ave. This house was designed by local architecture firm Hull & Praeger in 1910 for Frank B. Lander in a neoclassical revival style. Charles Praeger was born in Victoria. He partnered with fellow architect James Hull in designing this house. All the important architectural works are in Victoria.



DH Regan house - 507 S. Leon St.

After several storms devastated the coast in 1875 and 1876, DH Regan’s home was moved to Victoria.




Built in 1883, the DH Regan home, 507 S. Leon St., was originally located in the Indianola community near Matagorda Bay. After several storms devastated the coast in 1875 and 1876, the house was moved to Victoria. The National Historic Register calls it “highly ornate yet rigidly symmetrical.” Its Italianate design is considered a change from “mid-century classicism” in Victoria.



Royston Nave Memorial - 306 W. Commercial St.

Architects Atlee B. and Robert M. Ayres were brought in by Emmie McFaddin from San Antonio to build a monument to her husband. Now the Nave Museum.




Built in 1932, the Royston Nave Monument, 306 W. Commercial St., is in the style of a classical Greek temple. Architects Atlee B. and Robert M. Ayres were brought from San Antonio by Emmie McFaddin to build a monument for his wife, painter Royston Nave. The building served as Victoria’s library for 40 years, but became an art museum in 1976 and now holds the artist’s work in a permanent collection alongside local and national artists.



Levi-Welder House - 403 K. Main Cad.

The beautifully restored Levi-Welder home, 403 N. Main St., was built in the 1860s by Abraham Levi.




Beautifully restored Levi-Welder home, 403 N. Main St., 1860s grocery store, A. Levi & Co. and A. Levi & Co. It was built by Abraham Levi, an Alsatian immigrant who founded a bench. It is well known to residents of Victoria. The house has been featured in the summer edition of Victoria Advocate’s Discover 361 magazine, which chronicles its rich history over the years.

Wright said every property and situation is unique.

“But one of the more challenging aspects of non-residential structures is the additional restrictions and requirements to comply with state/federal and local laws,” he said.

These create “extra circles” that must be overcome when restoring a structure.

“Our historic buildings are a tangible link to the past,” Wright said. “They tell the story of our community and preserve our heritage for future generations. This wonderful history and architecture is something the community can embrace and be proud of. Victoria is a not-so-hidden gem. People just need to get out of the main drag to go back in time.”

Wright stressed that the VPI 2022 Historic Homes Tour is an opportunity for the educational nonprofit “to showcase our rich history – not just for visitors but also for ourselves.” The tour ensures that our history is not lost and that these stories are conveyed.”

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