1003 West Oak Street- James & Eva Rayzor House

West Denton Residential National Register District Historic Home Tour

1003 West Oak Street- James & Eva Rayzor House

Denton, Texas 76201, United States

Created By: Historic Denton


James Newton Rayzor was born in 1858 in Lockport, Kentucky, and came to Texas in 1866 with his family and settled in Collin County. Rayzor was involved in many business ventures including the Alliance Mill (now Morrison Milling Co.), Alliance Ice Company and the Rayzor Ice Company. He was a member of the John B. Denton College Committee that founded the School in 1901 and helped in establish the College of Industrial Arts (now Texas Woman's University). Rollin and Barbara Singer purchased the house in 1978, helped restore the house and joined 19 other families in rezoning the property from multi-family zoning to return to single-family zoning as an initial step to support the neighborhood in preservation and as a family community.

This Prairie style home features horizontal lines, exaggerated overhanging eaves and a hipped roof over the second-story bedrooms. Ribbons of windows line the south and southeast side of the home, and repetitive millwork and tongue-and groove oak floors complement the interior. This Prairie style house features two stories with a low pitched, hipped roof with wide overhanging eaves. The first story porch is symmetrical with a wing on the left. The façade detailing emphasizes the porch eve, supported by two massive, square porch piers. Horizontal lines feature focus on the porch and upper eaves for the principal two-story mass. The off-centered door is the focal point of the full-length porch. Similar examples are found at 610 West Oak and at 615 West Oak though the front porch has been removed. There are five notable Prairie style homes constructed between 1905 and 1923 in the district. Several examples with high levels of integrity are at 610 West Oak and 801 West Oak.

This point of interest is part of the tour: West Denton Residential National Register District Historic Home Tour


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