This ten room Victorian style house was constructed in 1895 and named after it’s originally owner, Dr. Roland Lee Rosson. He and his wife, Flora Murray, had this majestic house built for them in downtown Phoenix in what is now known as Heritage Square. Dr. Rosson came to Phoenix by way of Camp McDowell where he served as an army surgeon at the age of 28. By the time he married, he was starting his political career and held the office of county treasurer. Soon after his 2,800 square foot home was finished, Rosson was elected mayor of Phoenix.
The Doctor and his wife sold the house in 1897 and relocated to California. Sadly, Dr. Rosson died a year after they moved. The ownership of the house changed hands several times before the City of Phoenix bought it in 1974 along with the entire block it sat on known as Block 14. The mansion was once a rented house, a boarding house, and even a “flop-house” before the city bought and renovated it. Today, the Rosson House serves as a museum and appears as it did the day the couple first settled in. I have seen the outside many times while visiting downtown Phoenix and Heritage Square. The last time was at the 2011 Phoenix Zombie Walk. Next time, I plan to take the inside tour.