There’s something genuinely beautiful about blending the old with the new in home design, maintaining the historic nature of something while giving it a contemporary or modern twist. This synthesis of old and new can be found throughout many of the historic districts we have here in Phoenix. If you have never had the pleasure of touring some of these neighborhoods and homes filled with character and charm, now is your chance!
Coronado Historic District is having their 25th Silver Anniversary Home Tour: Then and Now. This home tour will mark 25 years of Coronado home tours, explore how far the neighborhood has come over the years, and celebrate tradition while honoring innovation and renovation.
This historic district features many styles of homes from bungalow, English Tudor, Spanish Colonial Revival, Pueblo Revival, and Southwest, to a few more recently built contemporary homes. Many of the residents are from creative industries and backgrounds, leading to very charming and stylish renovations to their historic homes, some of which will be featured on the tour. Not only will visitors be able to tour homes, but there will also be several events such as yoga, dog training, music, food and vendors of all types. Also on display will be the 2nd Annual Coronado Classic Car Show with unique classic cars lining the streets.
A large area of homes is covered by the historic district designation in Central Phoenix, bounded by McDowell and Thomas to the south and north, and between 7th St and 16th St to the east and west. The tour will focus on a smaller, much more specific section of the neighborhood.
- Sunday, March 4, 2012
- 10 am to 4 pm
- Centered on Sheridan St between 8th St and Mitchell St. (3 blocks south of Thomas)
- Tickets are $15 day of tour or $12.50 in advance
Visit Coronado Home Tour website for more info and to purchase tickets.
Here are just two of the interesting homes on tour below.
Roddy Residence – Winner of Arizona Environmental Excellence Award 2008
1928 Bungalow – contemporary/rustic
Originally a 900 square foot home, the owners built an expansive addition nearly doubling the size of the home, adding another bedroom, a dining room, home office and a library. The addition was constructed of pre-engineered 100 percent recycled steel, fabricated in a local shop and put together on site in only two days. The owners describe this renovation as an experiment in affordable construction methods and sustainability standing as an example for the potential of revitalization, through the integration of salvaged building materials, high performance glass, green screens, and water conserving fixtures.
Pearce – Jiang Residence
1925 Bungalow – contemporary / rustic renovation
The original wood floors were sanded, stained, and re-finished. The hearth is also original; however, the mantel and built-in shelving and that once flanked both sides of the fireplace when it was built in 1925 had been removed, and rather than replicate the missing artifact, a simple surround was fabricated from steel and allowed to patina naturally.
The most dominant feature created in the house is an accent wall made of black oxidized steel plate running along one side of the main hallway, surprisingly with no exposed fasteners. A steel angle base enables the wall to transition seamlessly against the wood floor. This striking wall is one of the first elements that strikes the visitor upon entering the home, and it sets the tone for an almost industrial aesthetic and use of raw finishes that is carried throughout the remainder of the home. A section of existing wood lath in key areas was left intentionally exposed to display this type of early wall construction type found throughout the house.
The industrial theme is really showcased in the kitchen, from the unistrut framing of the shelving to the concrete countertop, to the chalkboard wall. Custom accessories fabricated byCarbon-Vudu LLC, the owners design-build firm, include the hanging pot rack and the spice shelf. All components and furnishings within the kitchen are designed for ready access and ease of cleaning.
One enters the bathroom through a floor-to-ceiling sliding door which either hides the water closet when fully opened, or closes off the room for privacy when shut. Features of this room include the exterior window wall, left rough and partially finished so that even the anatomy of the double-hung window is exposed. This contrasts powerfully against the tall, smooth white walls and clean porcelain and satin nickel finish of the bath fixtures. The 1925 cast iron tub, which harkens from the same year in which the house was built, was procured from a local ceramic refinisher and was not actually original to the home. Carbon-Vudu also fabricated the poplar shelf that holds the lavatory sink, the matching poplar shelving next to the water closet, and the wood box shelf to the right of the window.
One of the homes currently on the market for sale is located at 917 E. Sheridan and might be part of the tour as well. It is a tastefully done, historic church renovation with contemporary flair, currently used as a modern live/work space. The home is listed for $399,000 with the Paige Heavey Group of Coldwell Banker.