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Author Beasley, Ellen.

Title The alleys and back buildings of Galveston : an architectural and social history / Ellen Beasley.

Published Houston, Tex. : Rice University Press, c1996.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Store  307.336216097 BEAS GD10    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description ix, 170 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 29 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 148-160) and index.
Contents Introduction: Views and Interviews -- 1. In View ... on the Backside: The Pre-Civil War Years -- 2. Independent of the Front House: The Post-Civil War Years -- 3. From Privies to Prostitution: The 1870s and 1880s -- 4. Living "in the Rear" -- 5. Owning Alley Property -- 6. Devastation and Reconstruction: The 1900 Hurricane -- 7. Change along the Alley: Technology and Housing Reform -- 8. Alleyscapes -- 9. Stepping into the Yard: Service Buildings and Back Houses -- 10. Stepping into the Alley: Alley Houses -- 11. Speaking of Alleys and Back Buildings... -- Conclusion: A Matter of Choice -- App. A. Listing of Interviewees -- App. B. Reconstructing Alley Households -- App. C. Distribution of Alley Addressees Listed in 1881-82 and 1891-92 City Directories -- App. D. Distribution of Alley Addressees Listing in 1901-2 and 1911-12 City Directories -- App. E. Supplemental Tables Based on City Directory Listings: 1881-82, 1891-92, 1901-2, 1911-12.
App. F. Alphabetical Listing of Alley Dwellers Mentioned in the Book.
Summary Interweaving written documents, oral interviews, and pictorial images, Beasley presents a vivid picture of Galveston's alleys and alley life from the founding of the city into the twentieth century. The book blends a unique combination of research, photography, and the voices of those who have lived and live along the alleys. Beasley has uncovered and analyzed a wealth of new information not only about the back buildings of Galveston but also about their occupants and the complex cultural forces at work in their lives. The result is a significant contribution to the fields of architectural and urban history as well as to African American studies.
Subject Outbuildings -- Texas -- Galveston.
Architecture and society -- Texas -- Galveston -- History.
African Americans -- Texas -- Galveston -- History.
Galveston (Tex.) -- History.
Galveston (Tex.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
ISBN 089263328X