History of the James Fadden Building
The Fadden Building was constructed in 1898 by Nicholas J. Clayton, a prominent 19th century architect in Galveston, Texas. While he is well-known for creating grand buildings – including many churches and public buildings on the island – the Fadden building is notably more modest.
The building was erected for local wine, liquor and cigar wholesaler, James Fadden. Constructed for $7,500, the building has a cast-iron storefront created from cast iron sourced from Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Orleans and a local Galveston company, Lee Iron Works. Other building characteristics include a wall of nearly floor to ceiling doors and intricate brick work.
Fadden passed away shortly after the building was completed, leaving his widow Rosa Fadden to operate the company. Then in 1990, H. N. Norton took over the business.
The Fadden Building is located on the western side of the Historic Strand District. Over the years, it’s been home to different bar and restaurant concepts, including Lounge Nightlife Complex and Boomba Ultra Lounge. In 2013, the building received a new underground due to service and health code assessments, and in 2015 the building was stabilized.
In 2017, the Landmark Houston Hospitality group bought the historic building as the site for a third Hearsay concept, and doors opened to the public in 2018. Landmark Hospitality worked closely with the Galveston City Council and the city’s Historic Preservation Program to restore the building to what it once was. Using time-period appropriate finishes and restoring existing elements, including the iconic storefront cast-iron doors, Landmark Hospitality revived the Fadden Building 120 years after it was first constructed.