The Spruce Park Centennial Historic Home Tour: The Tessier House
All the homes on the tour had obvious stand-out features that make one want to take a picture; however, there was a no-photography rule. Some homeowners were kind enough to allow for a few captured images, included in this newsletter; all were taken with permission.
I've always wanted to see the inside of one of the two Medieval-style homes in Spruce Park. This tour happily crossed one of them off the list...Described as a "fanciful Gothic cottage" in the Spruce Park Neighborhood Association brochure, the Tessier House definitely stands out, with its entry tower, undulating roofline with rolled edges & arched doorways. Built in 1929, the story-book Gothic revival style was very popular in the '20s & '30s, but is an extremely rare find in New Mexico.
Docents stood outside to answer questions, while the owner was inside, glad to show us around. She pointed out original features: art deco door hardware; & a cool Medieval-style shield design knob, which obviously goes well in the Gothic house, both below.