September 8, 1900.
116 years ago today a disastrous hurricane befell upon the city of Galveston, which it never fully recovered from. With winds estimated in excess of 120 miles per hour struck the city around noon. By late afternoon, severe flooding and airborne debris made the streets impassible. After 6:30 pm, a tidal surge cresting between four and six feet above flood level rolled across the island from the Gulf shore, burying parts of the city under as much as fifteen feet of water. Waves and wind swept debris and whole buildings into other buildings, crushing them under the force of the impact. Six thousand people at minimum were killed and property losses were estimated at $20 million. But the determination of the survivors of the Storm of 1900 to rebuild the shattered city initially was expressed in a pair of titanic engineering projects: the construction of the Galveston Seawall and the raising of the city's grade level. Which these astounding engineering feats, wonders of the world are greatly unknown and underestimated by people today.
The picture above is the Letitia Rosenberg Home for Aged Women, 1804 Rosenberg Avenue (25th Street) Galveston, Texas.
Built 1895, Alfred Muller, Architect. Although this image of the building is after the storm of 1900, altered by an unknown architect and losing its original "16th century Renaissance" look; its impressive to know it survived the storm while once occupied adjacent property's were left bare.