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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- Historic Eligible Properties
Historic Use: Residence
Present Use: Residence
National Register Status: Not Listed
The 1939 Diefenderfer House is significant for its association with Tempe’s 1887 Farmer’s Addition. It is also significant as a local variant of Bungalow-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.
Frederick and Mary Diefenderfer acquired undeveloped Lot 8, Block 5 of Farmer’s Addition in April 1939 and built the house at 1223 South Farmer Avenue soon thereafter. The retired couple had previously lived in Greenville, Pennsylvania where Frederick worked as a foreman at the Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad shops. Mary Diefenderfer remained at the address through the mid-1970s; in 1976 the family sold the property to John and Betty Oertle.
The Diefenderfer House is a one-story masonry house with Bungalow-style influences. Rectangular in plan, the house sits on a slab foundation with stuccoed walls topped by a medium-pitched, front-gabled roof with wood-sided gable, exposed rafters, and standing seam metal roofing. A small front porch supported by two square wood pillars and topped by a matching medium-pitched, front-gabled roof with wood-sided gable shades the house’s single-leaf entryway. Windows are wood, double-hung.