Perhaps the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of historic homes is the Azalea District. Although there are many dwellings individually important in the district, it is the neighborhood as a whole that leaves a distinct impression.
The Azalea District is Tyler’s largest residential concentration of early- to mid- 20th century dwellings. The area is divided into 36 known sections which showcase eclectic subdivisions and architectural patterns. Diverse structures include Queen Anne, Craftsman, Classical Revival, Ranch, and International style.
As the district grew, churches, schools and limited commercial construction were added. City funded and private development of infrastructure and recreation facilities such as brick streets, utility systems and channelization of creeks and public parks further supported district development. Unifying the district are gardens featuring mass azalea plantings, pecans, oaks, and maples that gave the district its identity and name.
This district conveys not only the architectural heritage of the first 53 years of the 20th century but represents the tremendous growth and development in Tyler experienced as a result of the discovery of the East Texas Old Field.
For these reasons the Azalea Residential Historic District Nomination was approved and designated in June of 2003 as a National Historic District.