Historic Alpine Tour of Homes 2012

M.A. Boyd Home
603 West Lockhart Avenue

603 W. Lockhart

          Located at the corner of 10th Street and Lockhart is the pleasant home of Ellen Stevens. Built in approximately 1901, the house is a two storied structure with a Gambrel barn style roofline, popular in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. For decades this house sat on two very desolate, bare lots, but happily, over the past forty years or so, various owners began planting trees, grass, cacti and flowers which have turned the property into a shady, private haven.  
     Up close, this intriguing old home sports shades of bright, carefree colors under the original porch, the added on wrap around porch, and along the west patio party area. Many windows around the house showcase the outdoor landscaping.
     Inside the glass front doors, are the two original rooms, adapted to create one larger room with mid-century knotty pine ceilings. The immediate painted staircase leads to the second floor which contains two comfortable bedrooms and two baths, featuring skylights and more knotty pine accents. The Gambrel roof assures maximum head room.Back downstairs, next to the kitchen, is the master bedroom and bath with an enclosed garden view.
     Behind the kitchen, an addition creates space for a half bath, a cozy TV room and a craft room, both with outside access.
This peaceful home reflects the bright, artistic, eclectic style of the owner.
     The original owner of the property was Judge Wigfall VanSickle, who was among the early pioneers who bought up land in the Alpine Valley and sold building sites to the incoming settlers. This home is in the original town and was probably built for Milton A. Boyd, his wife Clara, and their seven children. The two youngest sons were born in Alpine, possibly in this house. Boyd was a section foreman for the railroad, and he and his family were early leaders in the First Christian Church. Numerous other families have occupied this historic house, but the present owner has done much to create a modern home while retaining the flavor of the past.