The American southwest architecture is mostly known for tan adobe walls and brown tile roofs. Standing in the heart of Phoenix Arizona is a brick Queen Ann Victorian house. It was constructed in 1895 by Dr. Roland Lee Rosson and his wife Flora. The Rosson family only lived in it a few years before moving to California. The home changed hands several times. By the 1950s it was converted into multi unit housing and walls moved around and kitchens added. In the 1970s the once grand old house had fallen into disrepair and no longer had the appeal it once had. Because it was in important part of Phoenix history the house was purchased by the city in 1974 along with the rest of the block. The home was lovingly restored back to its original 1895 layout and décor. It now serves as a history museum and is the pride of Phoenix’s Heritage Square.
One other interesting thing about the house is that it is rumored to be haunted. In the 1980s a caretaker of the historic house was killed by a gun shot outside the home. They say the sprit of the murdered caretaker still resides in the house. Some people have claimed to see the apparition of a man, or his shadow, on the wall. People have also heard what sounds like footsteps traveling up and down the stairs. I am not sure if the house is haunted but it is a beautiful and unique part of Phoenix history.
The Rosson House Museum can be found at: 113 N 6th St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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