Julius Lichtenstein House / Instituto De Cultura Hispánica De Corpus Christi
The Instituto De Cultura Hispánica De Corpus Christi (the Institute of Hispanic Cultures) is a museum dedicated to promoting awareness about Hispanic cultures in the city. Founded in 1976, the institute achieves this goal through collaboration with local institutions and offers lectures, recitals in Spanish and English, theater performances, folklore displays, and hosts social gatherings. It is located in the Julius Lichtenstein House, which was built in 1905 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places 1983. The house was named a State Historical Landmark in 1976.
Backstory and Context
Julius Lichtenstein, born in Indianola, Texas, moved with his parents to Corpus Christi in 1874. The family soon became leaders of the Southern Texas business community. The house was built in 1905 and features aspects of both Colonial Revival and Queen Anne architectural style and originally stood nine blocks south of its current location. It was moved in 1929 to Corpus Christi's Heritage Park.
The house now is home to the Instituto of Cultura Hispanica which was founded in 1976 by Mr. Juan Jose Gussoni, Mr. Sergio Villarreal, Dr. Efren Suris, Dr. Jose E. Antoni, and Mr. Evaristo Tercilla. The museum seeks to provide understanding of different Hispanic cultures, and holds lectures, recitals, folklore exhibits, and festivals throughout the year. Admission to the museum is free.
Julius Lichtenstein House, Nueces County. Accessed October 7th 2020. https://www.nuecesco.com/county-services/county-boards/historical-commission/julius-lichtenstein-house.
Julius Lichentstein House, Waymarking. Accessed October 7th 2020. https://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/wm1QDN_Lichtenstein_S_Julius_House_Corpus_Christi_Texas.
Heritage Park in Corpus Christi, Texas Tropical Trail. Accessed October 7th 2020. https://texastropicaltrail.com/public/upload/texastropicaltrail_com/files/Heritage%20Park%20History.pdf.
About the Instituto , Cultural Hispanica Corpus Christi. Accessed October 7th 2020. https://www.culturahispanicacorpuschristi.org/about.php.