2410 Strand, also known as the Fadden Building was constructed in by Nicholas Clayton. As one of the state' s most noted 19th century architects, Clayton designed the building for James Fadden' s wholesale wine, liquor and cigar business in 1898. Located at the most western side of the historic Strand district area of Galveston, the Fadden building sits on 5,140 square feet of land and consists of two floors totaling 9,890 square feet of interior space. 2410 Strand is walking distance from the passenger cruise ship terminal and is one of the first retail building that passengers come to when visiting the Strand district. The building sits minutes away from the Beaches, Galveston Medical Center, Financial Center and colleges including University of Texas Medical Branch, Texas A&M University at Galveston, and Galveston College. With the addition of a car parking garage directly next-door, the ease of access to the building makes this building the premier location for a high occupancy retailer or restaurant.
The Strand features shops, historical exhibits, museums, art galleries and many restaurants and night clubs. It is also the location of a very popular annual Mardi Gras celebration, as well as a Christmas festival known as Dickens on the Strand, which celebrates the city's Victorian heritage with participants roaming the Strand in period dress.
Attractions within the area include The Galveston County Museum, the Galveston Railroad Museum, Victorian architecture, horse and carriage rides, historical markers, an old fashioned trolley for transportation, and a giant chess set in Saengerfest Park. The historic district also contains a variety of retailers, including clothing, factory outlets, souvenir shops, art galleries, antique galleries.
On the outer edges of the Strand is the Post Office district, known for its antique and art galleries and the Grand 1894 Opera House. Closer to the water is Pier 21, which has daily showings of the movies The Great Storm of 1900 and The Pirate Island of Jean Lafitte, the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, and the Texas Seaport Museum with tall ship Elissa.
Galveston is a popular tourist destination which in 2014 brought 6 million tourists, which is 3.5% increase from 2013. Tourism generated $1 billion in direct and indirect sales and tourism jobs increase by 13%.
The port of Galveston serves as a passenger cruise ship terminal for cruise ships operating in the Caribbean. The terminal is home port to two Carnival Cruise Lines vessels, the Carnival Conquest and the Carnival Ecstasy. In November 2011 the company made Galveston home port to its 3,960-passenger mega-ships Carnival Magic and Carnival Triumph, as well. Carnival Magic sails a seven-day Caribbean cruise from Galveston, and it is the largest cruise ship based at the Port year-round. Galveston is the winter home port to Royal Caribbean International's, MS Mariner of the Seas, which is the largest cruise ship based here, with a capacity for 4,252 passengers. In September 2012 Disney Cruise Line's Disney Magic also became based in Galveston, offering four-, six-, seven-, and eight-day cruises to the Caribbean and the Bahamas.