William Roggenkamp Home


The Redlands Area Historical Society, Inc.
Heritage Award 1983

William Roggenkamp Home
704 West Highland Avenue

Built in 1891 at a cost of $3,500 for the William Roggenkamp family, the house was designed by J. Lee Burton and constructed by Lynn and Lewis Builders. The white two story home has 10 rooms and is of wood frame construction with a shiplap siding exterior.

A most striking feature of the Roggenkamp Residence is the large front porch with a center gable with a large window. Steps lead to the porch, which is encompassed by wood railings, from both the east and west sides. The symmetry of the porch is broken by the circular treatment on the west side while the main entrance to the home is at the southeast corner. From here an open veranda extends to the porch itself.

Other distinctive features of the house the canopy finials located over the corner windows, a shed dormer, and three red brick chimneys, two of which have simulated red-brick fluting. Dense landscaping surrounding the house shields it from the busy corner of Center Street and Highland Avenue.

The original owner was William Roggenkamp who came to Redlands in 1890 and was a banker for the Union Bank. Subsequent owners have been M.F. Prescott, Fred Arth, and Richard B. Cook. Present owners are Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Graham.

The Redlands Area Historical Society is proud to honor this unique example of Redlands’ Heritage and to commend the stewardship of the present owners.