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.

13 comments:

Mersad said...

A lovely walk down that neighborhood. Would love to take a peek inside as well :)

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Steve Reed said...

English cottages -- of course! What could be more natural in Phoenix?

Karl Demetz said...

These are nice, I like the chimneys.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

It's been lovely exploring the historic neighbourhoods with you Sharon, so many types of architecture to observe, personally I do prefer the older style homes.

Lowell said...

I never realized there was so much variety in Phoenix. I guess I just didn't get to many of these areas. Very interesting and I love seeing these wonderful places!

Halcyon said...

These are lovely homes. Love those stone facades!

William Kendall said...

These houses are marvelously eclectic, Sharon!

RedPat said...

That 2nd house is great fun, Sharon! I love the roof line and the stones!

Kathy said...

You've done a great job giving us a preview of all these historic neighborhoods. I think it's important to realize that it doesn't take a mansion to make a historic house!

Lois said...

I really like those chimneys on the first two houses. All of them are pretty though.

Bob Crowe said...

English cottages? Hard to keep up a thatched roof in Arizona. Interesting and bizarre bit of cultural mismatch.

José Mendonça said...

Snow White could live in the house in the middle. :-) Lovely!

VP said...

Curious and beautiful houses!