Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Roosevelt Park and Villa Verde Neighborhoods
I needed my historic neighborhood map to identify the Roosevelt Park neighborhood. I had not heard of it before and when I got to the location there were no signs up to identify it. It's not a big area so I drove around it following the streets marked on the map three or four times until I had convinced myself that I was where I was supposed to be. I snapped a couple of photos of houses none of which looked like they might be historic and when I got home I looked up the information about his neighborhood. It turns out that the area is historic because the land here was once farmed by the Hohokam Indians long before Phoenix was ever a city. Around 1924 the area started to become a "gentleman farmer" area with extra big lots for small farming operations. The information says nothing about the homes here so I'm guessing the original farm houses are long gone.
On the other hand, the Villa Verde neighborhood has quite a few historic homes all of which are around 900 square feet in size. The architect of the area was Frank Wallace who wanted to create an English Cottage style neighborhood. You can see those influences in the house above and the one below.
Only five more historic neighborhoods to cover in this series. Since I used to live in a historic neighborhood and I served on a village planning board for a while, I thought I knew all these places. It was a lot of fun discovering the ones I hadn't heard of before.