Killis Almond Architects

The Grand 1894 Opera House

Killis Almond, FAIA was initially brought into the project for the Galveston Grand Opera House in January 1981. Since that time, six phases have been completed on the project and a total of approximately $10 million has been spent to date.
The building, which encompasses one-fourth of a city block, is a four-story historic hotel structure with a Grand Opera House located immediately behind. Built in 1894, the structural system is loadbearing masonry walls, both interior and exterior, with wood framing for the floor structure in the hotel and the opera house building. The exterior façade is constructed of a hard-pressed dark rubyred brick highlighted with Cordova Cream Texas limestone.

The third and fourth floors of the historic hotel portion were renovated into eleven apartments and office space for the 1894, Inc. theatre operation. The theatre, which was rehabilitated in 1985-86, is a 1,040 seat house with state-of-the-art performing, cinematic and lecture capabilities. The last phase includes the completion of the first floor of the historic hotel into a community facility and the second floor into offices and restroom facilities. Our firm provided full architectural services including preliminary design and planning of the theatre space. The firm also provided construction management services for the auditorium rehabilitation at a cost of $2.1 million.

The Grand 1894 Opera House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with state significance and all phases of the work were reviewed by the State Historic Preservation Officer for compliance with national guidelines.

KAAPC recently completed the assessment, feasibility study and construction observation, for The Grand 1894 Opera House which was damaged by the flood waters of Hurricane Ike. After 8-feet of flood water and wind damaged the historic
structure, we worked directly with the contractor to assess and repair the damage as soon as we could.

The Opera House re-opened 92 days after the hurricane damage.

The Grand 1894 Opera House


Opera House


February 11, 2016


Galveston Grand Opera House

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