Friday, March 24, 2006

Historic adobe mansion's future uncertain in Tempe

[Source: Mike Padgett, Business Journal of Phoenix] -- One of the Valley's few remaining links to its early architecture will benefit from a dinner attended by some of Tempe's future community leaders. The Tempe Historic Preservation Foundation and Tempe Leadership Class XXI want to raise funds to help preserve a rambling adobe house just north of the Arizona Historical Museum in north Tempe. The home, listed on the city's historic register and said to have a ghost, was built in 1930 as a winter residence for Rose Eisendrath, widow of a Chicago glove manufacturer.

The two-story adobe house, with 5,250 square feet, is considered a prime example of the Pueblo Revival style. It was built by Robert T. Evans, an architect and contractor who in 1923 moved to Arizona from Chicago. His first job, according to a 1999 report on the house prepared for Tempe by Alliance Architects, was helping restore La Casa Vieja, which today is Monti's. Evans also built his personal residence on the southern slope of Camelback Mountain. It later was converted into the Jokake Inn, a desert retreat for wealthy visitors. The report says Evans' design of the Eisendrath house and others, using a traditional adobe style, is credited with inspiring a revival of adobe architecture in central Arizona from the mid-1920s to the 1940s...

To help the city pay for preserving the historic property, Tempe Historic Preservation Foundation and Tempe Leadership are organizing a cocktail reception, dinner, and a silent auction to be held May 6 at the Tempe Historical Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave. The event is open to the public. For more information, call 480-946-2186. [Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: City of Tempe Historic Preservation Office.]