With six distinct historic districts – seven if you count the newer “overlay” that preserves the neighborhood as a whole – Tyler has no shortage of architecturally diverse homes that echo the city’s notable past. Some originally housed working-class folks, while others grew into extravagant landmarks occupied by wealthy merchants, physicians and former Civil War leaders.
The largest National Register District in Tyler, the Azalea District is known, not surprisingly, for its gorgeous flowering namesake. Mass plantings of azaleas, which grow well in the acidic soil of East Texas, sprawl throughout the district in every type, size and color imaginable. Most of the homes here, including the impressive, 6,300-square-foot Spence-Bertram House, were built in the early 1900s in styles ranging from Colonial and Tudor to French Eclectic and Renaissance Revival.