Contact Tempe Historic Preservation


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Street address:

Tempe City Hall, Garden Level East
31 East Fifth Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

Mailing address:
City of Tempe
Tempe Historic Preservation 
P.O. Box 5002
Tempe, AZ 85280

City Hall Garage
117 East Fifth St.  
Across from Tempe Transportation Center

Closest Light Rail Station:
Tempe Transportation Center
Near Fifth St. + Forest.

Staff Contact Information:
John Larsen Southard, Historic Preservation Officer 480 350-8870
Mark Vinson, City Architect 480 350-8367

Tempe Preservation assists owners in the preservation and restoration of their properties. Historic Preservation provides protection for significant properties and archeological sites which represent important aspects of Tempe's heritage and enhances the character of the community by taking such properties and sites into account during development. Reasonable and fair regulations are included in the Tempe Historic Preservation Ordinance as a means of balancing the rights of property owners and the value to the community of these significant properties and sites. It is the intent of the city to make ownership of a landmark, historic property or property within an historic district as beneficial as possible. In addition to the intangible benefits of owning a property recognized as an important community resource, staff and commission can assist with:

· Review of alteration or new construction
· Technical information and referrals
· Locating sources of financial assistance and tax credits
· Preparing grant applications and potential third party sponsorship
· Locating buyers or sellers
· Obtaining other benefits as may become available (Ord. No. 95.35, 11-9-95).

Historic Preservation review of alteration or new construction 

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