The historic Hayden House, located at the southwest corner of Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue, is considered by many to be the birthplace of modern Tempe.
History of the house
Built in 1874, it was the home of Charles Trumbull Hayden, father of Senator Carl Hayden and owner of the Hayden Flour Mill. It is the oldest continuously occupied building in Maricopa County and a premier example of adobe craftsmanship. It was the longtime home of Monti's La Casa Vieja Restaurant from the 1950s through 2014. Read more history by searching our Historic Facilities Directory.
The Hayden House is being rehabilitated to its 1924-era state. From removing the exterior stucco to replacing hundreds of damaged adobe bricks, there is much to be done to bring the house back to its original beauty. Work is being done by Hensel Phelps as a condition of developing other parcels of the site. The City of Tempe is purchasing Hayden House from Hensel Phelps for $10. This will be the first time that the City of Tempe will have any ownership of our most historic building. During the next four years, the Hayden House will be restored, then Hensel Phelps will begin work on a 258,000 square foot commercial office building and potential hotel or residential building. All work on Hayden House must be complete before work on the new components may begin.
Tempe Adobe Houses
Tempe has substantial success with the rehabilitation of adobe buildings, such as Eisendrath House, Sandra Day O'Connor House and others. Visit our adobe resources page to read their stories. www.tempe.gov/adobe