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Local nonprofit to raise $1 million for final phase of restoration

Post Date:06/13/2014 12:37 PM

Media Contact:
Jennifer Spangler, Zion & Zion
(480)751-1007 x.128

Rio Salado Foundation (RSF), a local nonprofit whose mission is to preserve the history, natural beauty and economic future of Rio Salado and Papago Park region, announced the launch of a “community campaign” for the final phase of restoration on the historic Eisendrath House, a significantly important historic structure which is a part of the Eisendrath Center for Water Conservation at the Carl Hayden Campus for Sustainability in Papago Park.

The restoration of this historic property began in 2010 with limited interior demolition, exterior adobe restoration, updated utilities, landscaping, and construction of the adjacent SRP Education Center, where classes are currently being held. Phase II will include interior finishes and the west parking area. Upon completion the City of Tempe’s Water Conservation offices will be at the house. Tempe Historic Preservation Foundation docents will conduct tours of the historic home built by famed architect, Robert Evans for Rose Eisendrath of Chicago in 1930 as her winter home, named LAMAKI which is Hopi for beautiful house.

The stunning historic facility will be available as a venue for small special events and boasts 3 outdoors patio spaces for entertaining. “We have had amazing support from donors in the community such as Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Salt River Project, and Vestar,” stated RSF’s Executive Director Kim Knotter. “It’s time to open the ‘jewel in the desert’ and invite the community to get involved. Eisendrath Center for Water Conservation will provide not only a reminder of our past but a way to the future with education on water conservation and sustainability. The public is invited to get involved by donating and volunteering.”

Anyone interested in donating to this project can visit www.riosaladofoundation.org or call 480-473-0245.

About the Rio Salado Foundation

The Rio Salado Foundation was initially formed in 2001 to ensure the success of the Rio Salado Project. Governed by a board of directors over the past 12 years the foundation has supported the construction of several historical, cultural and recreational projects. The numerous benefits of bringing water back to the Rio Salado include the restoration of natural habitats, new residential and economic development opportunities and a wealth of recreational and cultural amenities for all Valley residents and visitors alike. With parks and museums, educational activities for children, and venues for performing arts and sporting events, the region is one of the most popular draws in the state with over 2.6 million visitors annually. Tempe Town Lake is one of Arizona’s most popular attractions for fishing, jogging, boating, bicycling and many international and local sporting events such as the Ironman Triathlon. For more information about Rio Salado Foundation please visit www.riosaladofoundation.org or call 480-473-0245.               

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