Built circa 1879 for Henry Homberg, 1815 Avenue N features Greek
Revival style. The Greek Revival style includes hipped roofs with
the cornice line of the main roof and porch roofs emphasized by a
wide band of trim. Henry Homberg purchased the land where the house
now stands in 1872 to begin construction, however he did not
complete the home until 1879. Homberg, who operated a dairy west of
Galveston near Oleander Park, suffered from Tapeworm Disease.
Seeking treatment for the ailment, Homberg was instructed to swallow
the contents of a small bottle of tapeworm elixir. After allegedly
drinking the lethal concoction, Homberg promptly died.
In 1885, Homberg's son, William, was arrested on three counts
of "theft of cattle", allegedly slaughtering the cattle and selling
the beef. Found guilty on two counts, William was in the process of
appealing the conviction when he died in prison of "mysterious
circumstances". The four year prison term was apparently more than
William could handle. Shortly after the death of her son, Mrs.
Homberg sold the home and property and subdivided its four lots.
For the next 110 years, the home experience multiple changes in
ownership, but is perhaps known for its presence in a most haunting
photo taken after the 1900 Storm, recognizable by its unique
latticework porch detailing. The home was only one of two remaining
on this block of Avenue N. Despite storms and suicides, tapeworms
and traumas,the home remains a testament to the fortitude of
Galveston's early home stock...
Renovation began on the Homberg Home in 2001 and was completed in
2005. Directly previous to the renovation the home had been
unoccupied and neglected for a number of years.