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Baker (Cedar/Lowenthal) House (large)

Location:  1029 S. Maple Avenue 
Survey Number: HPS-407
Year Built: 1936
Architectural Style: Norman Revival

SIGNIFICANCE
The 1936 Baker (Cedar/Lowenthal) House is significant for its association with Tempe’s 1924 Park Tract addition. It is also significant as a local variant of Norman Revival-style residential architecture.

A. EVENT/HISTORY
Park Tract, just west of the ASU campus, forms the middle section of Tempe’s Maple-Ash neighborhood, bounded by 10th Street, Mill Avenue, 13th Street, and the Union-Pacific Railroad tracks. Platted in 1924, Park Tract contains homes built primarily during the first half of the twentieth century, and could qualify as an historic district.

B. PERSON

William and Kathlyn Baker acquired undeveloped Lot 1 and the south half of undeveloped Lot 2, Block 1 of Park Tract in April 1936. The couple mortgaged the property in June 1936 and built the house at 1029 South Maple Avenue soon thereafter. William Baker worked as a cotton broker. The couple remained at the address through the 1940s. 

C. DESIGN/CONSTRUCTION
The Baker House is a one-story, masonry, Norman Revival-style house. L-shape in plan, the house sits on a crawlspace foundation with stuccoed walls topped by a high-pitched, hipped roof with jerkin head, exposed rafter tails, and asbestos shingle roofing. An intersecting front-gabled roof projects from the south elevation. An awning shades the west elevation’s single-leaf entryway, accessed by concrete steps. Windows are wood casement with varying orthogonal and diagonal muntins.

SOURCES
D. Ryden, Survey Site Number T-407, 30 May 1996
US Census records
Tempe city directories and telephone directories
Aerial photography
Property records on file at the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office
Last updated: 4/23/2013 3:51:23 PM