13th Annual Historic Home Tour in Mesa
By: Kevin Christopher
01/16/13 3:48 PM
Public Information & Communications
For Release: Jan. 16, 2013
Contact: Kevin Christopher
Public Information & Communications Specialist
It is your chance to literally see the oldest home in Mesa. The Mesa Grande Cultural Park, which opens to the public Jan. 19 and is one of the most important prehistoric Hohokam sites in Arizona, is one of the stops on the Mesa Historical Society’s 13th Annual Historic Home Tour Saturday, Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This year’s tour will spotlight homes in the Evergreen District, which is located north of University Drive between Country Club Drive and Center Street. Evergreen is on both the National Register of Historic Places and the Local Register of Historic Districts. It is the largest and one of Mesa's most diverse historic neighborhoods featuring an eclectic collection of housing styles from Territorial Vernacular and Bungalow to Tudor and Ranch. The Ranch-style movement in the Valley began in the 1940s following WWII.
Another new stop this year will be Alston House. It was home to Dr. Lucius Alston, the first black doctor in Mesa. Built in the 1920s, the house is associated with the history of the development of the black community in Mesa and the community’s future after World War I. Alston House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.
The self-guided tour also includes stops at the Mitten House, Irving School and Mesa Historical Museum in Lehi. Tickets are $15. Admission includes visits to the historic homes and buildings, free admission to the Mesa Historical Museum in Lehi 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, 2345 N. Horne, and on North Robson in the Evergreen District. Tickets will be by cash only if your purchase them in the neighborhood. If you want to pay by credit card, you will need to visit the museum.
All proceeds benefit the Mesa Historical Museum. The Arizona Republic and Americopy sponsor the home tour.
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