Travel & Outdoors

First Look: Galveston’s Historic Carr Mansion Goes Glam in New Remodel

Carr Mansion
Interior designer Shannon Eddings says her favorite room in the newly renovated Carr Mansion is the parlor. She looked for contemporary furniture that would contrast the front room’s grand historic molding. Inspired by the ocean, Eddings used a blue color palette throughout the B&B. “I wanted to create a space where people could chat and linger over drinks,” she says.

Photography by Maggie Kloss

The Carr Mansion, in Galveston, was built in 1866 by General Lewis W. Carr and, over the years, has been in the care of such illustrious Texans as former governor Richard Coke. The grand Greek Revival–style home, about a mile from the beach, is one of the island’s few surviving buildings from its era, even surviving the great storm of 1900 that destroyed two-thirds of the city. Despite its resilient history, the once grand digs lost some of their luster over the years. On July 7, after a top-to-bottom renovation led by Austin-based interior designer Shannon Eddings, the estate officially reopens as an eight-room bed-and-breakfast. Eddings masterfully married historic and new with contemporary light fixtures, brass accents, vintage nautical paintings, refurbished clawfoot tubs, and an inviting seaside-themed bar where guests will able to enjoy a gourmet happy hour. Take the first tour through the whimsical, glamorous rooms of the estate, which is bringing a whole new elevated style to the island while staying true to its roots. For reservations, visit

Tags: Travel, Carr Mansion, Galveston, Galveston Hotel, Texas Bed and Breakfast


  • Thayer Stark

    This is a horrible interior design. Galveston is all about history and the furniture in a grand old home should reflect the period. This looks like trash from Tuesday Mornings. Can you imagine booking a stay at this B&B and seeing most of the furniture the quality of IKEA, mixed and matched like the so called designer was schizophrenic. As a Texas Ex, and someone named Shannon, im appalled that this horrid “designer” has my name AND went to UT. Doesn’t say much for UT’s Interior Design Program (I can’t believe you could even get a degree from UT for something so laughably pedestrian. ANYONE could out design this woman. Just AWFUL