The original Alhambra hotel was built 1893 as the Pioneer Hotel in Mesa, Arizona. The architecture is Spanish mission revival style. Unfortunately, this hotel was built twice due to it burning down in 1921. The structure was recreated in 1922. During…

Double Butte Cemetery is located in southwest Tempe on land that once belonged to Niels Peterson. It was located far from what was Tempe in 1888 due to health concerns. The cemetery is part of the “Rural” cemetery movement, but has its…

In 1926, well known architect Frank Lloyd Wright was called to Phoenix to help with the building of the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. This was the beginning of Wright’s long relationship with Arizona. In the early 1960s, Arizona State University…

Hayden Butte, also known as Tempe Butte, is a 1,500 foot tall mound of rock and dirt covered by desert shrubs, cacti, and history. The butte has been here for centuries, but human activity around the butte began in the 1400’s when the Hohokam…

In the late 1880s, when horses pulled carts and delivered mail in Tempe, Mill Avenue was a nascent hub of commercial activity. What became known as the "Andre Block" was among the first buildings constructed along Mill Avenue. According to the…

Although it may not look the part now, the Vienna Bakery building was built as a Victorian-style commercial store in 1893 by John S. Armstrong. Armstrong was postmaster in Tempe, president of the Farmers and Merchants Bank, and he introduced the…

Across from the old Hayden Flour Mill sits a building that was once known as the Tempe Bakery. The Hackett House is a fired red brick structure that still has almost all of its original material. This building was completed in 1888 and is actually…