Sidney B. Moeur House

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Location: 903 S. Ash Avenue
Survey Number: HPS-122
Year Built: 1921
Architectural Style: Craftsman Bungalow

BACKGROUND + STATUS
Although eligible, this property has not been listed in the Tempe Historic Property Register or in the National Register of Historic Places. On May 3, 2001, the Tempe Historic Preservation Office held a public hearing and classified the 1921 Sidney B. Moeur House Historic Eligible (HE).

SUMMARY
The Sidney B. Moeur House is an excellent surviving example of the Craftsman Bungalow style from 1921 in the Gage Addition of the historic Maple Ash Neighborhood. Sidney B. Moeur, a well known Tempe educator, attorney and rancher, came from a highly prominent local family, adding additional historical significance to the property.

HISTORIC and PERSONAL ASSOCIATION
Sidney B. Moeur was the son of W. A. Moeur and the nephew of Arizona Governor Benjamin B. Moeur. The Moeur family was one of Tempe’s most prominent early twentieth century families and were highly influential in the development of the city.

After beginning his career as a teacher in the local public school system, Sidney B. Moeur became an instructor at Tempe State Teacher’s College (which would later become Arizona State University) in 1917. He continued in that stead for a brief period before shifting to business, operating a number of farms and speculating in livestock for a period of about 10 years. In 1938, Moeur was admitted to the State Bar and began a private practice as a lawyer. In his later career in law, Moeur served as an attorney for the Home Owners Loan Association and the U.S. Brewers Foundation, and also served one term on the State Legislature.

Moeur had the home at 903 S. Ash built for him in 1921 but only resided there for a period of about four years, until 1925 (although he would continue to live in Arizona). The home is a well-preserved example of the Craftsman Bungalow architectural style and continues to maintain a high level of integrity.

ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION
The Sidney B. Moeur House is a one-story bungalow-style home built of brick in 1921. The house is covered with a low-pitched gabled roof which extends over the north portion of an L-shaped porch. The roof, which exhibits broad overhangs, is covered with standing seam crimped metal; it is supported by four tapered wood pillars resting on cobblestone piers. Two wood planks provide support for the center of the porch gable end. The porch is enclosed by cobblestone walls capped by concrete, which represents the houses’ most unusual feature. The house features clapboard siding topped with triangular latticework vents at the gable ends, bracketed eaves, independently located windows, and central doors on the north and west sides. The exterior of the house as a whole bears little evidence of alteration. The interior, which has not been examined in detail, has been renovated numerous times over the years to accommodate the occupants. The house has passed through several owners since Sidney B. Moeur left it in 1925; in many instances it has served as a rental property.

Architectural Descriptions:
Stories: One
Structural Materials: Brick; Stone
Wall Cladding: Brick
Roof: Med-Pitch Intersecting Gable
Roofing: Standing Seam Metal
Outbuildings: None
Windows: Wood (Double-Hung)
Entry: Central with Screen Door
Porches: Wrap-Around Veranda
Applied Exterior Ornament: Brackets at Eaves; Lattice and Clapboard at Gable ends
Landscaping: Flood Irrigated Trees and Grass

SOURCES
Janus Associates, Inc., Tempe Historic Property Survey and Multiple Resource Area Nomination to The National Register of Historic Places, Tempe Historical Society, March 1983.

Ryden Architects, City of Tempe Multiple Resource Area Update Volume 2: Inventory Forms, City of Tempe, March 1997.

UTM Reference Number: Zone 12 Easting 412480, Northing 3698080