Historic Charm

Victorian Masterpiece Continues to Enchant

Photographs by Jake Bacon

Flagstaff has a certain degree of storied history. While not as deep as the history of East Coast towns or even hamlets of the Midwest, Flagstaff’s early days are easily found in buildings and homes in or near the town center.

One of the earliest homes, a Queen Anne Victorian cottage on Leroux Street, was constructed around 1900 by tailor Simon T. Elliott, a pillar of the community in Flagstaff’s early days who lived in the home with his wife, Lilly.

 It served as the home of William (Billy) and Elizabeth Roche Babbitt from 1915 to 1937 and the home of Lowell astronomer Earl Slipher and his wife from 1937 to 1976.

The home features three bedrooms and two bathrooms on the second floor. A balcony from the upstairs master overlooks the front yard.

The living room and dining room join the upstairs rooms in appearing like antique showcases with traditional and period furniture and décor. Little has been done to change the layout of the house, save for some expansion work done by the Sliphers.

The house remains a private residence, one that Flagstaff folk and visitors often admire, said its current owner, who has lived there since 2002 and has worked to improve the home while striving to preserve its historic roots.

“Preserving this home helps to keep old Flagstaff alive,” the owner said.

The house will be open to the public Saturday, Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as part of the 13th Annual Home Tour of the Flagstaff Symphony Guild. Five homes—three historic and two contemporary—will be featured in the self-guided tour. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by cash or check at The Inn at 410 on North Leroux, another of the homes on the tour. All proceeds benefit the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, which is entering its 68th season of performance. For more information, call (928) 522-0549 or (928) 526-6058.

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