This historic home has belonged to the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation department since 1935. If you call the city to reserve a park area, you are most likely talking to someone working in this historic setting. The house was built in 1912 by Dr, James C Norton for his wife and four children. Norton moved to the Arizona Territory in 1892 from Ames Iowa. He opened a veterinary medicine practice and later did some cattle ranching on the property surrounding this home. The property was purchased by the city along with some other property to create Encanto Park, a 200 acre park in central Phoenix.