This house was built as a winter residence for Rose Eisendrath, widow of the wealthy Chicago glove manufacturer. It was designed and built by well-known Phoenix architect/contractor Robert T. Evans. Evans came to Arizona in 1923 from Chicago where he had founded the Evans Manufacturing Co., and worked as an executive engineer for International Harvester. In Arizona, he formed Evans Construction Co. In 1925, he built a home which later became the famed Jokake Inn. After selling the Jokake in 1944, he built and managed the Paradise Inn, which was sold in 1950. After Mrs. Eisendrath's death in 1936, the house passed through several owners and continued to be used as a retreat for the wealthy.
This building represents an outstanding example of the Pueblo Revival style. The house is the largest remaining and best-preserved Pueblo Revival style house in the Tempe area. The house is unique for its construction of adobe brick, rarely used in a two-story building. The irregular massing of the house is complemented by the imposing sandstone buttes in the desert at the eastern edge of Papago Park.