Stephanie Lang is the newest member of the governing board of the East End Historical District Association. She is a fifth generation Galvestonian who has been “toted to Homes tours, Oleander Society luncheons and a myriad of other Galveston things” since she was born.
Q: How did you become interested in the East End?
Stephanie: I am a fifth generation Galvestonian who came to the East End after a long-standing love affair with the island given to me by my grandmother. I’m not a BOI but my mother, grandmother and her parents all are. I am currently in the process of working with Jami Durham at the Galveston Historical Foundation to flesh out my family history as it pertains to the island.
Q: Tell me about your historic home?
Stephanie: I bought the 1854 Ernest Seiling House almost two years ago (October 2016). I know its history because Jami Durham worked with me on that project. The home was originally purchased by my now-dear friends, Joan & Melody Oelze, in 2013 and given a full rehab from the studs out. In 2017, the house and the women won the Sally B. Wallace award for Historical Preservation for their work restoring what we now jokingly refer to as The Grande Dame (though she’s modest), and it was also named a City of Galveston Landmark.
I’m looking ahead at two conflicting next moves for the home: either raising it up out of harm’s way – it sustained likely three feet of water during Ike – and/or applying for its state landmark certification.
Q: What’s your favorite part of living in the East End and how do you want to contribute through board membership?
Stephanie: I love the East End for all of the gorgeous homes and the walkability to downtown shops and restaurants. The aesthetics drew me here and they’ll be what keeps me in the neighborhood. I’d like to see streetlights throughout, better paved streets and sidewalks as well as call to action for our neighbors in the district who are not keeping up their homes. I’m hopeful and excited to work with David Collins on trying to get ALL of our East End streets protected with parking ordinances. As someone who lives on an unrestricted street five blocks from the Strand and two blocks from the University of Texas Medical Branch, I’ve had plenty of parking issues. I hope to continue the good work of those who have come before me by working together with neighbors, our city councilman and the folks at the City to make changes that benefit our little corner of the world.
Q: What do you do in your work life?
Stephanie: I am the Office Manager for Vitol in the Americas. We are an energy and commodities trading firm predominantly. I’ve been with the company 11 years and oversee an office of roughly 325 staff with a team of eight direct reports in Houston. I globally tend to our offices in the U.S., Canada, South America and the Caribbean. I do have an hour commute on and off the island Monday through Friday, but it’s worth it to live here.
Q: Tell me about your family.
Stephanie: I am the oldest of three and the proud sister of two current Texas A&M Galveston Maritime Academy cadets. One is an incoming freshman this fall and the other is a junior, both double majors in Maritime Transportation and Maritime Administration. My house is home to many an Aggie throughout the school year!
My immediate family includes the boys and my two French Bulldogs, Hannah and Stoney.
Q: Other interests?
Stephanie: In my spare time, I volunteer for French Bulldog rescue, am eager to start landscaping my yard, travel to Connecticut regularly to visit my best friend and New Orleans as often as possible for obvious reasons! I have made a small but mighty group of friends on the island in just the last two years, and I enjoy regular Sunday night pow-wow’s at the Wine Next Door as well as many a dinner and drink with lots of great people who have enriched my life in ways I never imagined when I rolled into town two years ago.