Medlock Place Historic District

Generally bounded by Seventh and Missouri avenues, the alley west of Central Avenue and the alley south of Pasadena Avenue.
Historically Recognized: April 2003
(Period of Significance: 1926-1956)

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The Medlock Historic District is a north central Phoenix residential neighborhood that developed predominantly between 1926 and 1956. The district lies within a quarter-section of land bounded by Missouri Avenue on the north, Camelback Road on the south, Seventh Avenue on the west, and Central Avenue on the east. The Medlock Place neighborhood includes parts of six distinct subdivisions, platted between 1897 and 1938, displaying the typical planning concepts of the day including straight streets aligned with the cardinal directions, with residences provided with north and south exposures.  At the time of its development, this area was considered to be rural, dominated by fruit orchards and fields with a few farmhouses, and was several miles north of the Phoenix city limits. Due to the explosive growth of the last fifty years, the neighborhood is now in the center of the city.  While there are other styles represented, homes in the district represent two primary eras: the latter part of the Period Revival era, 1926-1930, and the early Ranch era, 1935-1956. As a whole, Medlock Place retains its historic appearance from its period of development, with modem or altered structures making up less than one third of the buildings in the district.

The overall rural character of the district is brought forth through mature, dense plantings and broad, flood-irrigated lawns that are common. The rural character is further enhanced in the Medlock Place and South Medlock subdivisions by the large, spacious lots. Streets, while once graveled, have now all been paved with asphalt, although Medlock Place and South Medlock still have no curbs and gutters; these have been added in the other areas.  Homes in Medlock Place and South Medlock tend to be larger than the other areas, commensurate with the size of the lots.

Information courtesy of National Register of Historic Places – United States Department of the Interior

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