March 3, 2017

Preservation Personals: Phoenix Tudor Revival Seeks Sunny Personalities

  • By: Jared Foretek

The sunny Southwest awaits you at the beautiful Alvarado Historic District in Phoenix, Arizona.

A lovely Tudor Revival home built in 1925, I’m flush with architectural and design details you’ll be enthralled by from the time you arrive. My rolling gabled roof might be the first thing you notice, and once you get inside you’ll be awash in natural light, a result of my original wooden prairie-style windows and French doors.

The 13-foot high vaulted ceiling just opens up my living room space while the ornate gas fireplace and solid oak hardwood floors keep you comfy and cozy.

You can prepare delicious meals either inside or out, using my original farmhouse kitchen—complete with vintage drawers and cabinets—or on the patio in my lush backyard (thanks to my sprinkler system ... it is the desert, after all).

Move inside to eat in my formal dining room and then retire for a nightcap on my front terrace, surveying the other beautiful estate homes in the neighborhood.

Dwight Heard, who planned and developed the Alvarado district in the early 20th century, was a true pioneer. He served as a county water commissioner and played a role in the construction of the Roosevelt Dam, taming the Salt River and allowing for the large-scale irrigation of the Phoenix area. He bought about 160 acres, built his own mansion, and then divided the area into 32 plots for the development of estate homes, now a showcase of early urban estate home planning.

Today, the neighborhood adjacent to the historic subdivision—in Phoenix’s Midtown Arts and Museum Districts—bustles with restaurants, coffee shops, theaters, and more. And getting around is a cinch with light rail and the freeway nearby.

Learn more about me here.

Alvarado Tudor Revival exterior

photo by: Nick Capaz

Phoenix, Arizona 85004.

Alvarado Tudor Revival pool

photo by: Nick Capaz

The desert can get pretty hot—good thing I have a pool.

Alvarado Tudor Revival kitchen

photo by: Nick Capaz

I still have my original farmhouse kitchen.

Jared Foretek is an editorial intern at the National Trust. He enjoys historic train stations, old bars, and interesting public spaces.

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