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.
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.
Tour arrangements MUST 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) 237-5115 or back-up # (409) 982.7000 Museum of the Gulf Coast, to book a tour.
PLEASE NOTE: THE VILLA WILL BE CLOSED FOLLOWING THE MUSEUM HOLIDAY SCHEDULE ON OUR HOME PAGE. CALL FOR TOUR RESERVATIONS.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 1-5 PM
Tuesday, Thursday: 10-2 PM
Closed Saturdays and Holidays
$4 per person. Cash or check only.