FQ Story Historic District

(added 1988 – Maricopa County – #88000212)
Also known as See Also:Pay'n Takit #5;Story, F. Q. Neighborhood Historic D
McDowell Rd., Seventh Ave., Roosevelt St. and Sixteenth Ave., Phoenix
(1200 acres, 364 buildings)

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Architecture/Engineering, Event
Bungalow/Craftsman, Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Modern Movement
Architecture, Community Planning And Development
1900-1924, 1925-1949
Multiple Dwelling, Secondary Structure, Single Dwelling
Multiple Dwelling, Secondary Structure, Single Dwelling
FQ Story Website (still looking…email rick@lcmhomegroup.com if you know of one)

Francis Quarles Story, for whom the neighborhood was named, was involved in numerous developments in early Phoenix, including the construction of Grand Avenue in 1887 and its subsequent streetcar line. He is also credited with the advertising campaign which made the Sunkist Orange famous.

In 1920, when development of the F. Q. Story neighborhood began, Phoenix had a population of 29,000. It was advertised as a streetcar suburb, being close to the Grand Avenue and Kenilworth carlines. The first houses were clustered by the streetcar line at the eastern edge of the neighborhood. As building proceeded westward and the auto became more common, houses began to feature detached garages and porte cocheres.

The last development phase began in 1927, encompassing eighty acres from 11th to 15th Avenues, between McDowell Road and Roosevelt Street. Development hit its peak in 1930 with the construction of 133 new houses, only to falter as the Depression hit Phoenix. Construction declined, but by 1938, approximately seventy-five percent of the F.Q. Story Addition had been completed.

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