"Mass-produced suburban ranch homes are to Phoenix
what Victorians are to San Francisco,
brownstones to Philadelphia,
or bungalows to Los Angeles —
a signature of the lifestyle heritage upon which a city is built.
— Grady Gammage Jr. Phoenix in Perspective
Platted and developed in 1959-1960, Cavalier Hills remains a fine example of California Ranch, Modern Ranch, and Contemporary residential architecture, built at a time when local developers such as Gene Hancock began offering standardized, mass produced homes, as opposed to the custom-built postwar neighborhoods of the late 1940s and early 1950s. Cavalier Hills was one of several neighborhoods marketed under Hancock’s “Cavalier Homes” brand in Phoenix and the East Valley.
The architecture in Cavalier Hills reflects styles and methods of construction unique to the early 1960s. The primary building material is concrete block on slab foundation. Character defining features include weeping mortar, board-and-batten siding, window walls, and scalloped, asymmetrical extended gable eaves.
Recently renewed interest in early-1960s design and architecture has prompted a broad reconsideration of midcentury modern houses in the Southwest and California, where much of the nation’s postwar growth was focused. As development pressure in Tempe increases, it becomes more critical to ensure that some of the best examples of midcentury residential architecture remain preserved. Cavalier Hills is one such example.
A community directed proposal
WHAT IS THE TEMPE HISTORIC PROPERTY REGISTER?
TEMPE HISTORIC PROPERTY REGISTER FORMS
Map Showing Proposed Cavalier Hills Historic District
In response to property owner interest, and at the request of neighborhood residents, Tempe Historic Preservation Office (Tempe HPO) has produced survey and inventory information verifying the Historic Eligibility of the Cavalier Hills subdivisions for Historic designation and listing in the Tempe Historic Property Register. Over the next few months, Tempe HPO will host a number of neighborhood meetings to share the benefits of historic designation and explain the process for listing properties. After the final meeting, homeowners will be given the opportunity to decide if they wish to have their property designated Historic and listed in the Tempe Historic Property Register as a part of Cavalier Hills Historic District.
The first informal neighborhood meeting was held Tuesday, June 25, 2013, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., at the North Tempe Multi-Generational Center located at 1555 North Bridalwreath Street. This was an informational presentation on Tempe history and the Cavalier Hills subdivisions.
First Informal Neighborhood Meeting Invitation
Second Informal Neighborhood Meeting Invitation
Third Informal Neighborhood Meeting Invitation
Neighborhood Meeting Powerpoint Presentation
First Informal Neighborhood Meeting Minutes
Second Informal Neighborhood Meeting Minutes
Third Informal Neighborhood Meeting Minutes
Cavalier Hills Proposed Historic District Recommendation of Potential Eligibility (ROPE) Application Form
Advertisement for Cavalier Hills in Tempe Daily News, 19 March 1960