14th Annual Historic Home Tour in Mesa
By: Kevin Christopher
01/15/14 6:48 AM
Jan. 15, 2014
Public Information & Communications
Contact: Kevin Christopher
Mesa, AZ – The 14th Annual Historic Home Tour in Mesa will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 10am to 4pm and will be bigger and better than ever with more houses and historic stops. The “supersized” tour will showcase homes in the West 2nd Street Historic District, Westwood Villas and Heritage Park neighborhoods and will include several special stops.
The West 2nd Street Historic District is the oldest historic district in Mesa and offers the most diverse architectural styles of any such district in the City. The majority of homes feature the “Bungalow” style of architecture that was popular in Mesa between 1910 and 1940. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999, this historic district is noted for its architectural merits and its historic association with the evolution of Mesa’s most prominent families from the early 20th century.
Westwood Villas, the original platted name for Heritage Park, is a neighborhood consisting of some of Mesa’s larger post World War II homes. The homes range in style from contemporary to post ranch. These homes show a transition from the smaller homes developed immediately after the war to larger homes on large lots, using upgraded roofing and exterior materials.
The self-guided tour also features your chance to literally see Mesa’s oldest master planned community. The Mesa Grande Cultural Park, 1000 N. Date St., is one of the most important prehistoric Hohokam sites in Arizona. For the first time, the tour includes a stop at Queen of Peace Church, 141 N. Macdonald. Sirrine House, 160 N. Center St., is featured on the tour for the first time since 2009. Other special stops on the tour are Irving School, 155 N. Center St., and Mesa Historical Museum at its new downtown location, 51 E. Main St.
Tickets are $20. Admission includes visits to the historic homes and buildings, free admission to the Mesa Historical Museum and a souvenir book and map of the tour locations. Tickets are currently available online at www.mesamuseum.org and the day of the tour at the museum (cash or credit card), on North Heritage (cash or credit card) and on West 2nd Street (cash only).
All proceeds benefit the Mesa Historical Museum. The Arizona Republic and Americopy sponsor the home tour.
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