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Linking the Past with the Present

One of Tempe's greatest attributes is its many authentic, historic buildings and structures. In Downtown Tempe, dozens of structures dating back as far as the 1800s are within walking distance. Enjoy Walk Through History, a series of self-guided tours highlighting Downtown Tempe, Tempe Town Lake, and the historic portions of ASU campus.

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Adobe Resources
Visit some of Tempe's oldest and most celebrated sites made from adobe: Elias-Rodriguez House (1890), Eisendrath House (1930), Farmer-Goodwin House (1883), Gonzales-Martinez House (1880), Hayden House [La Casa Vieja] (1873), Sandra Day O'Connor House (1959; relocated in 2009), and Watson's Flowers Building (1920).

[interactive story map] 

     
Walk Through History Tour [ASU + Downtown Tempe]    

ASU + Downtown Tempe - Walk Through History
Visit ASU's Old Main (1898), Old St. Mary's Church (1903), the Walker House, and the Harrington-Birchett House. Discover how these buildings have been rehabilitated for modern uses while keeping their historic fabric intact. 

This tour is approximately 1.25 miles.

[interactive story map]  [.pdf]

     
Walk Through History Tour [Downtown Tempe]
  

Downtown Tempe - Walk Through History
Continue exploring Downtown Tempe with a closer look look Tempe's landmark and historic buildings. Learn the story behind Tempe's famous inverted pyramid, otherwise known as Tempe City Hall. 

This is the shortest tour -- just .75 miles from start to finish.

[interactive story map]  [.pdf]  




Hayden Butte and Town Lake Tour

 

Hayden Butte + Town Lake Tour
Walk around the Hayden Butte Preserve ('A' Mountain), hear details about the Hayden Flour Mill rehabilitation, learn about the Old Mill Avenue Bridge (1931), and visit the remains of the Ash Avenue Bridge Abutment (1913) in Tempe Beach Park.

This tour is just over one mile and includes some non-paved paths.




ASU Tour 
Arizona State University + Downtown Tempe Tour
Visit ASU's Old Main (1898), Old St. Mary's Church (1903), the Walker House, and the Harrington-Birchett House. Discover how these buildings have been rehabilitated for modern uses while keeping their historic fabric intact.

This tour is approximately 1.25 miles.



Historic Districts StoryMap

Historic Districts 
This interactive StoryMap navigates Tempe neighborhoods listed in the Tempe Historic Property Register and the National Register of Historic Places. This is a useful tool for residents, visitors, and prospective home buyers.

[interactive story map]




CRA

Cultural Resource Areas 
The Cultural Resource Areas classification includes residential areas considered to by culturally significant to the character of Tempe, based upon the Post-War Subdivision Study (Solliday, 2001). This map also shows Salt River Project's Flood Irrigation Service Areas. Tempe's CRAs were ratified by voters in Tempe General Plan 2030 and Tempe General Plan 2040.

Understanding Cultural Resource Areas [.pdf]




Great Women in Tempe History

Great Women in Tempe History 
Enjoy historic photos of Tempe's great women from as far back as the late 1800s. Our partners in preservation at the Tempe History Museum offer an exhibit at 809 E. Southern Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85282.

www.tempe.gov/museum


 

Additional Tour Notes - Get more details on the buildings, sites, and structures covered in these tours.  [.pdf]

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