Tempe Preservation Tours


Self Guided Tours

Walk Through History In Downtown Tempe - 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 tours prepared by the Tempe Historic Preservation Foundation, the Tempe Historic Preservation Office and many others and Walk Through History, with a self- guided tour of the Mill Avenue District, Tempe Town Lake, and historic ASU. Each tour is a slow, informative stroll that takes you through approximately a mile of walking in about two hours.

Mill Avenue Tour Map
- Enjoy a closer look at some of the buildings along Mill Avenue that have been restored for today's uses and hear the story of Tempe's famous inverted pyramid, otherwise known as Tempe City Hall. This is the shortest tour, just .75 miles from start to finish.Butte & Lake Tour Map - Walk around the base of A Mountain, hear details about the Hayden Flour Mill and its renovations, information about the Mill Avenue Bridge and visit the remains of the Ash Avenue Bridge abutment at Tempe Beach Park. This tour is just over a mile and involves some dirt paths.

ASU Tour Map - Visit Old Main and the Old St. Mary's Church, the Walker House and Hatton Hall. Discover how these buildings have been repurposed for current use while keeping their historic nature in tact. This tour is approximately 1.25 miles.

Tour Notes - Get more details on the buildings, sites, and structures covered by the tours.

Guide Bios - Get a little background on guides available to lead group tours.
For more information, please contact the Tempe Historic Preservation Office at 480-350-8870.

The 2012 event was sponsored by: Archaeological Consulting Services, City of Tempe, Downtown Tempe Community, Monti's Restaurant, Tempe Historic Preservation Foundation, Tempe Historical Society, Tempe Mission Palms, Tempe Sister Cities, Tempe Tourism Office, and the Rio Salado Foundation.

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