Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Scottsdale moves for third historic area

[Source: Lindsay Butler, East Valley Tribune] -- Scottsdale has taken another step to freeze a moment in the city’s history. As part of its goal to preserve post-World War II neighborhoods, the Scottsdale Historic Preservation Commission has started a process to designate what would be the city’s third historic neighborhood. If approved, Scottsdale Estates 4, near Oak and 74th streets, would join Town and Country Scottsdale and Village Grove, two other historic neighborhoods built in the 1950s in south Scottsdale.

Scottsdale Estates 4 was designed by John Hall with Hallcraft Homes, a prolific designer who left his mark in the area, said Debbie Abele, Scottsdale historic preservation officer. Like many Scottsdale neighborhoods, the homes feature ranch-style architecture. But Scottsdale Estates is one of the few with brick facades, and at the time, they were a bit more expensive than other homes around them, Abele said. [Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo of "Cowboy Ranch" style home courtesy of Don Meserve, City of Scottsdale.]