Saturday, May 27, 2017

Heraldry at the Bishop’s Palace

In Galveston, TX very close to Sacred Heart Catholic Church

We find a beautiful Victorian building commonly known as the Bishop Palace. Also known as the Gresham mansion, the house was built between 1887 and 1893 for the lawyer and politician Walter Gresham and his family.

The building is very ornate and nicely decorated.

In 1923 the Diocese of Galveston purchased the house, and it served as the residence for Bishop Christopher E. Byrne. In the 1960s’ the diocesan offices were moved to Houston and the diocese opened the mansion to the public, with proceeds from tours being used to fund students at the nearby University of Texas Medical Branch.  The house is now owned by the Galveston Historical Foundation.

But the interest topic for this blog is the heraldry located on one of the side windows. The heraldic design neither corresponds with any Gresham lineage nor Bishop Byrne’s arms. I am looking for help on identifying the family shield in the images.