- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - The exterior of a historic Galveston church is set to be restored.

The Galveston County Daily News (https://bit.ly/1FgQ7FI ) reports a $20,000 grant from the Texas Historical Commission will help fund the restorations.

Dwayne Jones, executive director of the Galveston Historical Foundation, says the foundation has a long-term lease for the building and uses it as an event space and ecumenical museum.

The foundation describes the building as a “simple wooden gothic revival structure.”

St. Joseph’s was constructed in 1859 by German immigrants. It is the oldest German Catholic Church in Texas and one of the four oldest church buildings in Galveston. It is a recorded Texas Historic Landmark and on the national register of historic places.

St. Joseph’s interiors were decoratively hand painted.

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Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, https://www.galvnews.com

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