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 1910
Historic Use: Residence
Present Use: Residence
Style: Sonoran
National Register Status: Not Listed

The 1910 Chavez House is significant for its association with Tempe’s 1887 Farmer’s Addition. It is also significant as a local variant of Sonoran-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.
Ramon and Nicolasa Chavez built the house at 927 South Farmer Avenue in 1910 and remained at the address until 1930. Ramon immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico in 1904 and married Nicolasa in 1910; he worked in the Tempe area as a ranch laborer. By 1940 Juan and Gertrudes Jimenez had acquired the property; Juan worked as a salesman at a local automobile dealership.
The 1910 Chavez House is a one-story adobe house. Irregular in plan, the house sits on a crawlspace foundation with stuccoed walls topped by a flat roof with parapet. A flat awning-type front porch supported by four stuccoed square pillars with concrete bases shades the house’s single-leaf entryway and concrete porch floor. Windows are wood, double-hung. 
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