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:  919 S. Maple Ave.
Survey Number: HPS-231
Year Built: 1920 
Architectural Style: Bungalow


The 1920 Nichols House is significant for its association with Tempe’s Gage Addition. It is also significant as a local variant of Bungalow-style residential architecture.

The Gage Addition, just west of the ASU campus, forms the northernmost part of Tempe’s Maple-Ash neighborhood. Platted in 1909, the Gage Addition contains homes built primarily during the first half of the twentieth century, and could qualify as an historic district.

T. W. Nichols, a local contractor, acquired undeveloped Lot 6, Block 28 of the Gage Addition in November 1920 and built the house at 919 South Maple Avenue soon thereafter. His first tenants were William and Ruby Baker; William worked as an auto mechanic in a local garage. In 1923 Nichols lost the property through a lien claimed by the J. D. Halstead Lumber Company. In 1925 J. D. Halstead sold the property to Leonard Vance, a local baker, who occupied the house with his wife, Josephine, and four children through 1940.

The Nichols House is a one-story, wood-frame, Bungalow-style house. Rectangular in plan, the house sits on a crawlspace foundation with asbestos shingle siding topped by a low-pitched, front-gabled roof with asphalt shingles and vertical louvered gable vents. A front porch supported by two square wood posts and topped by a low-pitched, front-gabled roof shades the house’s single-leaf entryway. Windows are paired wood casement.

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