Del Norte Historic District

(added 1994 – Maricopa County – #94001482)
Also known as Del Norte Place Subdivision
Virginia Ave. to Encanto Blvd. and 15th to 17th Aves., Phoenix
(378 acres, 142 buildings)

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Event, Architecture/Engineering
Gilmore and Eckman, et al.
Bungalow/Craftsman, Mission/Spanish Revival, Tudor Revival
Architecture, Community Planning And Development, Politics/Government
1925-1949, 1950-1974
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Multiple Dwelling, Single Dwelling

Developed by Dr. James Collier Norton, Del Norte Place was opened to the public in 1927. Conceived as an English Cottage style neighborhood, further development of surrounding areas enclosed Del Norte Place on three sides by park greenbelt. Later construction featured Ranch and Period Revival homes to be showcased in Dr. Norton’s “beautiful subdivision.”

[del norte place historic homes] Del Norte Place stands today as an island of style and grace within the central city. A tribute to Dr. Norton and long range city planning, the neighborhood enjoys the pastoral atmosphere afforded by the surrounding greenbelt of Encanto Park and Golf Course. Historic Del Norte House, just to the north, now stands, surveying a unique collection of homes representing 16 individual architectural styles and the dramatic evolution of 20th Century Phoenix.

[del norte place historic homes] Recent trends toward historic preservation and the repopulation of downtown areas have arisen from a recognition and appreciation for the architectural values, community spirit, and quality of life issues that originally inspired the creation of neighborhoods like Del Norte Place.

The Encanto Municipal Golf Course wraps around the northern and western edges of this roughly 1/4 mile historic district, while beautiful Encanto Park cradles the neighborhood on the eastern edge. Ad agencies originally sold Del Norte Place as “the countryside west of town” when the subdivision was created back in 1927, and it still evokes a strong sense of “countryside” today. The mature trees and vegetation of Del Norte reinforced this English imagery and helped promote the style throughout Phoenix.

[del norte place historic homes] With a mix of 30s English Cottages and 40s Ranches, streets lined with deep grassy easements, mature trees, and a seeming lack of city traffic, Del Norte Place exudes serious charm and peace and quiet…so much it is hard to believe you’re in the 5th largest city in the U.S. when you’re in Del Norte Place.  The homes in Del Norte Place average around 1,500 square feet, usually with 3 bedrooms. Price-wise, the homes are on par with Willo Historic District — one of Phoenix’s most visible and popular historic districts — while Del Norte’s neighbor Encanto-Palmcroft Historic District has some of the priciest historic homes in the valley.

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