This tour of thirty-one significant historic structures contains the section of the historic district which lies south of Second Street. The tour begins at the northwest corner of the district on First and Washington and winds through Missouri, Tilden, Lea, Kentucky, Alameda, and Pennsylvania Avenues. The tour ends at the northeast corner of the district on First and Pennsylvania. Although the homes listed here have been recognized as significant, many contributing homes in the district are worth attention for their architectural style and design. Please notice these contributing homes as you enjoy your tour of the Roswell Historic District.
2. 100 S. Missouri - This Neo-Gothic brick home was built circa 1926 by the Schrechengost family. The arched porch was enclosed as a library sometime in the 1930's by the original owners. Similar homes located at 202 S. Lea and 508 W. First have the original porches intact.
8. 500 S. Lea - This Simplified Anne style home has a central hipped roof with a wrap-around porch, three separate entrances, and hand carved doors. World Champion Cowboy Bob Crosby lived here in the 1920's and 1930's.
9. 410 S. Lea - This Hipped Box style home is stucco rather than wood frame which contributes to its massive appearance. The home was built prior to 1912. Notice the contrasting trim which is an integral part of the construction.
17. 101 N. Lea - This Queen Anne style home is similar to 500 S. Lea. It has a central hipped roof with a chimney emerging from the peak and three gables with intricate shinglework. The wrap-around porch provides three separate entrances to the building. This house was built prior to 1904 by John B. Gill who founded the family owned business Roswell Seed which is located at 115 S. Main.
21. 210 S. Kentucky - This home was built by the Church family in 1895. The dormers and cupola were added at a later date as the family expanded. The home is of a Simplified Anne style. Amelia Bolton Church was one of the founders of the Chaves County Historical Society and the WPA Roswell Museum which later became the Roswell Museum and Art Centre.
22. Fountain Circle - Kentucky and Alameda - At the end of the grass esplanade at the intersection of Kentucky and Alameda a circle can be seen in the pavement. This circle is all that remains of a fountain which was placed here around the turn of the century. The fountain circle marked the end of developed Roswell and was a turnaround for traffic. Alameda Street was designed as the main east/west thoroughfare for this part of Roswell. It follows the original main irrigation ditch (in Spanish, alaméda) which served this area when it was agricultural land.
23. 300 S. Kentucky - This massive Queen Anne home was built in 1900. The exterior has recently been restored and repainted to accent the intricate shingle work on the gable ends. Notice the gingerbread trim and the roof ridgecresting and finials.
25. 411 S. Kentucky - This home was made of cast stone blocks either purchased in Albuquerque or made on site by workers with forms. It is the only one of its kind in the historic district. The home was built circa 1906 and is a Gable with Box style.
26. 600 S. Kentucky - This Queen Anne style home has been recently restored with much attention to authentic detail. The home was built in 1900 by W.M. Reed, a civil engineer on the Hondo Reservoir Project. Note the wrap-around porch with Doric columns, complex roof line, and widow's walk, a particularly unusual feature in the Southwest. The glassed-in rear porch is a recent addition demonstrating how modern construction can be integrated without compromising historic architecture.
30. 112 S. Pennsylvania - This home was relocated from Pennsylvania and Second Streets circa 1900 by a horse team which pulled the home over log rollers to this site. The home is an excellent example of Queen Anne style some features of which are a complex roof pattern, corner cupola, and wrap-around porch. Notice the dentil molding located below the porch, tower, and dormer roofs and the nine wooden Doric columns which support the porch roof.
31. 100 N. Pennsylvania - This Mission Revival style house was built circa 1940. It has been converted to commercial office space for many years. Notice the wide porch, massive columns, and curvilinear parapet.
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