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Monday, July 4, 2011

The Kettle House, Galveston, Texas, USA

The kettle House, Galveston, TX, USA
This rather peculiar metal structure is located in Galveston, Texas close to the Gulf Of Mexico shoreline. Most buildings here are on "stilts" but not his one. However despite all manner of weather including the powerful Hurricane Ike in 2009, the building has stood for some 50 years or so and stands to this day. Maybe the architect was not such a goofball and perhaps its longevity is a testament to his design and choice of materials. After all a large ...




THE "KETTLE HOUSE"

Reported: 14108 San Luis Pass Rd, Galveston, TX 77554
Actual: 1410 Mirimar Drive, Galveston, Texas, USA [Approximate]

29°12'16.82"N 94°56'38.80"W



... and presumably very heavy lump of metal, while not impervious to the wrath of nature, probably has a better chance than most.

An excerpt from the book "Weird Texas: Your Travel Guide to Texas's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets" by Wesley Treat, Heather Shades and Rob Riggs reads as follows:

"Supposedly it was erected by a gentleman who used to build storage tanks for oil companies, though his exact identity is unknown. The neighbors, some of whom were residents when the "Kettle" went up, have seen the man but know little about him."

The book can be found on Google Books and the article is on page 152. An excerpt from the book is on the Google Books tab below.

The only address we have been able to find online for the property is:

14108 San Luis Pass Rd, Galveston, TX 77554

This is not correct. A check on Google Maps using Satellite view does reveal a circular structure at this location but "Street View" clearly shows this is not the "Kettle House" as shown below.

A little scanning of the Galveston shoreline however shows that the "Kettle House" is located near the intersection of FM 3005 and Marina Blvd. We could not establish the actual address but a search for:

1410 Mirimar Drive, Galveston, Texas, USA

will get you close; from there the "Kettle House" is a little to the north east.





The Kettle House, Galveston, TX, USAClick For Image Source

Google Maps Of Incorrect location For Kettle House
Please note: For some reason Google Books has been very slow to respond of late. If the iframe has not populated refresh the page; it usually seems to work the second time around.



6 comments:

  1. http://goo.gl/maps/kAfAS Map from incorrect address to actual address, and a street view pic.

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  2. Funny, I live in a house that across the street from this and I saw it literally every single day when I was still living in Galveston. Definitely the sturdiest little building I've ever seen, but I've never once seen the inside of it. I pretty much settled that it must have just been used for water storage and left it at that. Seeing this is making me really interested in taking a look inside next time I go back to Galveston.

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  3. It was a water tower from the 1800's.

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  4. has anyone ever seen the inside? any pics online?

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    1. I too would be interested to see the inside - to date I have never been able to find any photos of the inside online. If anyone has any I would love to see them.

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  5. Found it!
    It's between Surf and Marina Blvd, on the north side of Terminal San-Louis Pass Rd. Part of the property/house located at 14106 Miramar Dr., at the street junctures there; probably as an ancillary bldg-
    Sad, the kettle does not look maintained, lived in or used at all.
    It looks like, the main use area is upstairs, with storage down below that can tolerate flooding from bad storms.
    Round buildings always look smaller from the outside, than they feel inside.
    Round shapes tolerate far worse storms/wind than flat walls can. This one looks like it might even be able to float, unless it's embedded in all that cement foundation.

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