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Gospel Village Habitat for Humanity Historic District RIO
North South Other About Map Preservation Week
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.
1. 606 W. First - This Simplified Anne style house was
hauled to this site by mule team in 1912. Notice the massive tapered porch columns. The
wrap around porch is now enclosed.
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.
3. 101 S. Missouri - Bungalow circa 1912.
4. 112 S. Missouri - This Simplified Anne style house was built circa
1912. Notice the imbricated gable above the lozenge window in the bay.
5. 511 W. Tilden - Built between 1926 and 1930 this home is in the
Southwest Vernacular style. Notice the vigas and canales paired with Palladian windows,
parapet roof, and balcony.
6. 400 S. Missouri - This Dutch Colonial Revival was built in 1905. The
two gambrel roofs distinguish it as very unusual for the Southwest. Notice the Palladian
window arrangement in the front gable.
7. 401 S. Missouri - Simplified Bungalow circa 1912
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.
10. 406 S. Lea - This Simplified Anne style home was built circa 1900.
Notice the imbricated wood gable with ornate shinglework and the two bay windows.
11. 312 S. Lea - This Bungalow was built prior to 1912 and was the home
of one of Roswell's first physicians, Dr. William T. Joyner.
12. 310 S. Lea - Hipped box circa 1912.
13. 414 W. Alameda - Period 1921-1930
14. 200 S. Lea - This Simplified Anne style house was built circa 1904.
15. 100 S. Lea - Queen Anne circa 1912
16. 101 S. Lea - The First Church of Christ, Scientist is of classical
Georgian style. The building was built sometime between 1918 and 1926. Neo-classic
architecture is very rare in the Southwest.
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.
18. 112 S. Kentucky - Mediterranean circa 1912.
19. 200 S. Kentucky - Circa 1912. Notice the arches which create a
colonnaded porch on this Mediterranean home. Another noticeable feature is the complex,
red tile roof.
20. 203 S. Kentucky - Simplified Anne circa 1912
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
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.
24. 401 S. Kentucky - Mediterranean circa 1912
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.
27. 304 W. Alameda - This Hipped Box style home was built before 1912.
Notice the gingerbread trim on the dormer and the shingled pedestals topped with square
columns which support the porch roof.
28. 308 W. Alameda - Bracketed pre-1912
29. Alameda Apartments - Alameda and Pennsylvania - This
is an rare remaining example of a multi-family dwelling circa 1920. Notice that each
second floor apartment has its own balcony.
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.