Green Revival House

Galveston, Texas

Award Type: Honor Award

In the wake of Hurricane Ike, the Galveston Historical Foundation transformed an 1891 cottage into the Green Revival House. The house is the first historic home renovation in the country to earn LEED Platinum certification and has drawn thousands of visitors.

When Hurricane Ike slammed into Galveston, more than 70 percent of the city’s buildings were lost or damaged. But one fortunate 19th century house was rescued and transformed into a LEED-Platinum Certified Historic House. The Galveston Historical Foundation relocated and rehabilitated the 1891 cottage, using more than 90 percent of the original materials, including the cypress walls. Tanks were placed on the roof to harvest rainwater, and modern energy systems were installed. The project is a stirring reminder that sustainability and preservation are compatible goals. It has drawn thousands of visitors, and is the first historic home renovation in the country to earn LEED Platinum certification.