ASHLAND PLACE HISTORIC DISTRICT
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Ashland Place Historic District Highlights
Ashland Place Historic District was designated a Phoenix historic district in May of 1992. Its period of significance is 1920-1934. Ashland Place was one of the earliest and largest subdivisions built during this period of expansion. The original Ashland Place building plat was recorded in 1920 and contained 76 lots—including eight on Central Avenue. Forty-seven homes were built on a speculative basis by mid-1926, and by 1931 only four lots remained vacant. This was all part of the spirit of the 1920s—buying what was out of reach. For the first time in history, customers used affordable payment plans to purchase homes instead of paying upfront.
The neighborhood was one of the most successful of the subdivisions built during the period. Ashland Place was almost completely the product of Home Builders Inc. The company was one of the most prolific residential development companies in Phoenix at the time; it was responsible for the construction of more than 800 homes in central and north central Phoenix before its liquidation in 1939. Under Hollywood architect C. Lewis Kelley’s leadership, construction began to diversify into other architectural styles, including Tudor Revival and Spanish Eclectic cottages—styles Kelley popularized. The early residents of Ashland Place were primarily middle-class people of modest means like teachers, bank tellers, pharmacists, tailors and engineers. Today, Ashland Place is a charming neighborhood lined with mature ash trees and charming streetlights—mere steps from the new light rail.
Information courtesy of the Phoenix Historic Preservation Office
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Generally located along Hoover, Vernon and Ashland Avenues between Central Avenue and Third Street. It is also known as Ashland Place Subdivision and is approximately 150 acres in size.
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