We appreciate that our neighbor, Emily Little, allowed us to feature her historic home on the cover of the Miller IDS 2017 Calendar.
Built in 1893, the Rogers-Lyons House is an excellent example of a Victorian-style brick residence. The home was constructed by Martin E. Rogers, bridge foreman for the A&NW railroad, who lived in the house with his wife, Addie Loving Rogers, until his death in 1942.
In 1944, the home was purchased by Lewis D. Lyons, one of Austin’s most prominent black citizens and land holders, who owned and operated the red brick grocery store at 518 East 6th Street. Mr. Lyons was a lay leader at Wesley Chapel Methodist Church, a trustee at Samuel Huston College, secretary of the Friend in Need Society of Austin and was known as “Black Mayor of East Austin.” Mr. Lyons was the only black bondsman in Austin at the time of his death in 1944. Mr. Lyons’ widow continued to live at the house and married Mr. Jerry Bell in 1951. Mr. Bell moved into the house and was employed by Governor Allan Shivers for over 30 years as chauffeur and houseman and was on staff during the seven and one-half years the Shivers family lived in the Texas Governor’s Mansion.
After Mr. Bell moved from the Rogers-Lyons house in 1984, the house was acquired by present owner Emily Little.
We are proud to showcase the home on our calendar. You can order your own calendar on our website.