CHEERY LYNN HISTORIC DISTRICT
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Cheery Lynn Historic District Highlights
The Cheery Lynn Historic District is located in central Phoenix, Arizona, approximately three miles from downtown. It is composed of 68 properties along both sides of Cheery Lynn Road and along a single side of both Flower Street and Earll Drive. The district boundaries roughly coincide with the original Cheery Lynn Subdivision plat. The plat was recorded in 1928 and contained 80 lots, including eight lots fronting on 16th Street. The houses are uniformly placed along the 60-foot wide streets with shallow front lawns and little variation in the building setbacks. Mature vegetation with traditionally landscaped yards create a picturesque neighborhood setting for the district.
The Cheery Lynn Subdivision, and many of the homes within it, were built on speculation by William Fosburg and M.E. Carr. William Fosburg was the owner and M.E. Carr was the “designer and superintendent of construction.” The first fourteen homes were completed by January 1929 and by the end of 1935, 46 homes had been completed. After 1935, construction dropped off sharply. Only another half dozen homes were completed prior to World War II. Vacant lots were gradually filled out following the War. Homes in Cheery Lynn are compact and generally square or rectangular in plan. Massing varies and variations in roof pitch and form are the most distinguishing characteristics. Originally the homes in Cheery Lynn were advertised as “ultra modern English type homes.” In fact, the English and Tudor Revival styles were the dominant styles through 1930. After 1930, Monterey and other Spanish Revival styles became the most popular and dominated construction through the 1930s.
The majority of the contributing properties in Cheery Lynn were constructed in the 1930s. Their architecture is reflective of the popular English and Spanish Revival styles of the era. English Tudor and Cottage styles account for 18 (33 %) of the 55 remaining pre-1940 contributing buildings. Spanish and Monterey Revival styles account for 27 (49%). Bungalows and pre-War Ranch style homes each account for only 9%. Following World War II through 1950, homes were built in the Ranch style.
Information courtesy of Historic Preservation Office, City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department
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The Cheery Lynn Historic District neighborhood boundaries stretch from Osborn to Thomas and 16th Street to Evergreen/Randolph Road.
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