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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SUMMARY – Constructed 1909
Historic Use: Residence
Present Use: Residence
Style: National Folk
National Register Status: Not Listed

The 1909 Cummins House is significant for its association with Tempe’s 1887 Farmer’s Addition. It is also significant as a local variant of National Folk-style residential architecture.
Farmer’s Addition, located a quarter-mile west of the ASU campus, fronts South Farmer Avenue between University Avenue and West 13th Street. Platted in 1887, Farmer’s Addition was one of two late-nineteenth-century residential subdivisions in Tempe that corresponded with the development of Tempe Normal School.
Aaron and Margaret Cummins acquired undeveloped Lot 10, Block 1 of Farmer’s Addition in May 1908, mortgaged the property in March 1909, and built the house at 839 South Farmer Avenue soon thereafter as a retirement residence. The Cummins family had previously farmed a ranch three miles outside of town. Margaret Cummins and her son Chester remained at the address through the 1930s.
The Cummins House is a one-story, wood frame, National Folk-style house. Irregular in plan, the house sits on a crawlspace foundation with stuccoed walls topped by a medium-pitched, side-gabled roof. A shed-roofed front porch supported by four square posts extends the length of the house’s front façade and shades its single-leaf entryway. Windows are replacements. 
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