Alvarado Historic District

(added 1994 – Maricopa County – #94001481)
Also known as Alvarado Place;Alvarado Place Subdivisions
Roughly bounded by Central Ave., Oak St., 3rd St. and Palm Ln., Phoenix
(170 acres, 33 buildings)

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Architecture/Engineering, Event
Kelley, C. Lewis, et al.
Community Planning And Development, Architecture
1900-1924, 1925-1949, 1950-1974
Single Dwelling
Commerce/Trade, Domestic
Business, Single Dwelling


Located along the intersection of Monte Vista and Alvarado roads, extending north to the Oak Street alignment, east to Third Street and south towards Palm Lane.  The Alvarado Historic District, one of the smallest and most exclusive districts in Phoenix, is a well-hidden gem in the central core. Sometimes referred to as Alvarado Place, the custom-designed homes of the Alvarado Historic District are tucked behind the Heard Museum. In fact, the Heard Museum—built as the private home of Mr. & Mrs. Dwight Heard back in 1903– was the very first home built in this neighborhood, an impressive Spanish Revival with a generous 6,000 square-feet of living space on acres of land.

Alvarado, one of the most prestigious suburban addresses to have at the time it was developed, is now one of Phoenix’s most prestigious urban neighborhoods. The world-renowned Heard Museum and private University Club of Phoenix are historic neighbors, and the new light rail along Central Avenue is an easy walk away, with the heart of downtown just minutes to the south.

Alvarado Historic District as a neighborhood is filled with upscale estate-sized homes. Most of the Mission and Spanish Revival custom-designed homes in Alvarado tend to be between 3,000 and 5,000 square feet, with a minimum of 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, and a 2-car garage. The grounds are on a grand scale too, usually with a swimming pool on 1/4 acre or more of land.

Information courtesy of  Phoenix Historic Preservation Office and AZ Central

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