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  • Writer's pictureCheré Dastugue Coen

Galveston’s little teacup

The builder must not have been thinking straight.

Drive down Seawall Boulevard to the West End of Galveston Island and you’ll be treated to the most unusual house, something akin to a silo top upside down.

Called The Kettle House because it also resembles a tea pot, the home is the cause of many a tourist causing traffic slowdowns on this stretch of highway just outside the Galveston Island State Park.

According to “Weird Texas: Your Travel Guide to Texas’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets” by Wesley Treat, Heather Shades and Rob Riggs, the house was built by a man who once constructed storage tanks for oil companies. “The neighbors, some of whom were residents when the ‘Kettle’ went up, have seen the man but know little about him,” state the authors.

If you search the Kettle House online you get much of the same, plus one story about how it was constructed to be a convenience store and abandoned.

My source on the island told me that a man built the unique establishment and a hurricane arrived, preventing him from moving in. The owner passed away and his son now owns the curiosity. It’s believed that no one lives there because they couldn’t get permits to finish the building.

I don’t know about you all, but I would give anything for a peek inside.

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