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Monday, May 9, 2011

Heritage & Science Park, Phoenix Arizona

Heritage & Science Park is a City of Phoenix Park which consists of Historic Heritage Square (home of the 1895 Rosson House and various historic buildings that house museums and restaurants), Phoenix Museum of History and The Arizona Science Center. The park is located on 7th Street and Washington in downtown Phoenix’s Copper Square. The park is honored as being one of 30 unique places in the Valley to visit with your family on an enjoyable outing or as a special place to bring out of town guests.

The Rosson House was built in 1895 for Dr. and Mrs. Roland Lee Rosson at a cost of $7525 and stands today as it did then in its original location. A superb example of the Victorian style, the home was one of the most prominent homes in Phoenix. Purchased by the City in 1974, it has been authentically restored through the contributions of many individuals, groups and businesses.

Hands-On Heritage House  was built in 1901 as a rental property by Constance Stevens. It was purchased by Edward Haustgen in 1911 for his sisters, Marguerite and Anna. Both this home and the Stevens House were owned by the same families until the 1950s. Marguerite Haustgen, a dressmaker, lived there from 1937-1952. It is considered significant for its representation of the historic California bungalow style built around the turn of the 20th century. Now home to the fun and engaging Hands-On Heritage House, a companion education center of the 1895 Rosson House.

The Carriage House, located in the center of Historic Heritage Square would have originally housed the transportation needs  for the residents of the Teeter House. The building was constructed around 1900 and has an upstairs storage area. Today the building is host to Phoenix’s premiere art walk organization, ArtLink.

Arizona Doll & Toy Museum was built in 1901 as a rental property by Constance Stevens, a widow and clerk in the local retail business known as the “New York Store”. The one story brick house was typical of the Midwestern influence and replaced the sun-dried adobe brick that had been used earlier. Of architectural interest is its unique roof system, an irregular belled hipped roof and double pyramidal roof over a projecting bay that raised the entire roof above the attic level 16 inches to allow space for air circulation.  It is filled with a wide variety of toys and dolls from yesterday as well as contemporary playthings and furnished doll houses.

The Teeter House was originally built in 1899 by Leon Bouvier, cattleman and flour miller, this home was also used as a rental property. Mr. Bouvier sold the home to Eliza Teeter in 1911, and she, in turn, rented the property until she moved into the house in 1919. The Teeter House is now home to Nobuo at Teeter House.

This wonderful brick building was originally the Baird Machine Shop, an early twentieth century commercial structure, built in 1929. The Baird Machine Shop is now home to Pizzeria Bianco.

The Thomas House was moved to Historic Heritage Square in the 1980s to save it from demolition. This 1909 neoclassical styled building makes a historical and charming addition to park. The Thomas House is now home of Bar Bianco, a coffee house and bakery.

The Silva House is fine example of Bungalow style architecture with neoclassical revival references built in 1900 by A.F.C. Kirchoff, Phoenix liquor dealer, on land purchased from Flora Rosson. The house was sold in 1906 to Alejandro Silva, a Glendale rancher and warehouse owner. His widow and remaining family occupied the home from 1926 to 1977. Now home to The Rose and Crown Pub.

This building, the youngest of the homes on the block, was built in 1923 as an investment rental property by Anna and Marguerite Haustgen. In some ways it is the most typically Arizonan of the houses on the Square with its sleeping porches constructed with canvas and wood panels that were pushed out at night to let in the cool desert air.

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