Tempe Directory of Historic Buildings 

Tempe has more than 200 historic buildings. Enjoy this searchable directory of information and photos.  For more information on any of these properties or to learn how your property can be listed, please contact Tempe Historic Preservation Officer John_Southard@tempe.gov 

Many of the properties on the Tempe Historic Register, the National Register of Historic Places or the list of historic eligible properties are privately owned and not open to the public. Please respect the privacy of those who may be living in these houses. 

Historic Eligible is a formal classification of parcels which contain buildings, structures, or sites which meet the criteria for designation as a Tempe Historic Property, but which have not been formally designated as "Historic." 

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Location:  1029 S. Maple Avenue 
Survey Number: HPS-407 
Year Built: 1936 
Architectural Style: Norman Revival 

SIGNIFICANCE
The 1936 Baker (Cedar/Lowenthal) House is significant for its association with Tempe’s 1924 Park Tract addition. It is also significant as a local variant of Norman Revival-style residential architecture.

A. EVENT/HISTORY
Park Tract, just west of the ASU campus, forms the middle section of Tempe’s Maple-Ash neighborhood, bounded by 10th Street, Mill Avenue, 13th Street, and the Union-Pacific Railroad tracks. Platted in 1924, Park Tract contains homes built primarily during the first half of the twentieth century, and could qualify as an historic district. 

B. PERSON

William and Kathlyn Baker acquired undeveloped Lot 1 and the south half of undeveloped Lot 2, Block 1 of Park Tract in April 1936. The couple mortgaged the property in June 1936 and built the house at 1029 South Maple Avenue soon thereafter. William Baker worked as a cotton broker. The couple remained at the address through the 1940s. 

C. DESIGN/CONSTRUCTION
The Baker House is a one-story, masonry, Norman Revival-style house. L-shape in plan, the house sits on a crawlspace foundation with stuccoed walls topped by a high-pitched, hipped roof with jerkin head, exposed rafter tails, and asbestos shingle roofing. An intersecting front-gabled roof projects from the south elevation. An awning shades the west elevation’s single-leaf entryway, accessed by concrete steps. Windows are wood casement with varying orthogonal and diagonal muntins.

SOURCES
D. Ryden, Survey Site Number T-407, 30 May 1996
US Census records
Tempe city directories and telephone directories
Aerial photography
Property records on file at the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office
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