Plans would turn historic orphanage into museum


GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A Houston businessman has announced plans to convert a former Galveston orphanage that survived the 1900 hurricane into a museum.

Torch Energy Advisors founder J.P. Bryan Jr. hopes to convert the former Galveston Orphans Home into a museum specializing in Texana.

The orphanage was dedicated in November 1895. Damaged the 1900 hurricane that virtually wiped out the island city, it was rebuilt with the fundraising help of Mark Twain and newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.

The 19,000-square-foot property remained an orphanage until 1983.

Galveston's planning commission has approved a specific-use permit allowing for the museum. The City Council is scheduled to consider the proposal Sept. 12.

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