Statement of Significance (as of designation - October 5, 1992):
The Henry C. Bowen House is one of the best documented, fully developed and most intact Gothic Revival cottage-villas to survive in America. Retaining nearly all of its original interior and exterior architectural features, it was designed in 1846 by Joseph Collins Wells, an English-born architect. The design of Roseland Cottage owes a debt to the architectural theories of Andrew Jackson Downing and Alexander Jackson Davis. brilliant assemblage of Gothic motifs integrated into a lively and individualistic over-all design; however, it is Wells' creative use of these design ideals that sets Roseland Cottage apart.