To visit the Pompeiian Villa you must come by the Museum of the Gulf Coast at 700 Procter Street. From there a tour guide will accompany you to the Villa. To ensure a guide is available we suggest you call ahead, (409) 982-7000.
Normal viewing hours: 9:30am to 3:30pm, Monday-Friday.
Admission: $4 per person.
If you would like to schedule a special viewing at
other times, accommodations can sometimes be arranged.
Photography sessions are $75 for two hours.
This historic house located at 1953 Lakeshore Drive was built in 1900 for Isaac Ellwood of DeKalb, Illinois. It was designed by architects George C. Nimmons and William K. Fellows to be reminiscent of villas in ancient Pompeii, a Roman city destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.
The Pompeiian Villa changed hands for the first time in 1901
when James Hopkins of St. Louis purchased it. He leased it as a
hunting and fishing getaway for his wealthy friends until 1903.
George Craig purchased the villa for $10,000 in stock, which at
the time amounted to 10 percent of the fledgling "Texas
Company." We know this company today as Texaco, and that stock
would be worth more than a billion dollars.
After the death of George Craig, his daughters sold the
home to Captain and Mrs. Arne Pedersen who lived in the
house until their deaths in 1969. The Port Arthur Historical Society
purchased the house in 1973 and undertook a large-scale renovation.
The house was awarded the status of a Texas Historical Marker and
a Historical Building Medallion May 25, 1973.
Group tour arrangements should be made in advance. Group tour size is limited to 12.
If your group is larger, the Museum does ask that you break into 2 smaller groups.
Call (409) 982.7000 at the Museum of the Gulf Coast.
Available Monday-Friday from 9:30am - 3:30pm (Call 982-7000 to schedule a visit)
Closed Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays.
THE VILLA WILL BE CLOSED FOLLOWING THE MUSEUM HOLIDAY SCHEDULE. SEE LINK BELOW.