Historic Heritage Square

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Located in downtown Phoenix, Historic Heritage Square is an urban park that preserves the last intact residential block of the city's original townsite. The square's Victorian-era ambiance includes one of Phoenix's most popular attractions, the Rosson House Museum. Other early territorial buildings (primarily pre-1912) today house the Arizona Doll and Toy Museum, five restaurants, and administrative offices. For many years, the block was a fashionable residential area that was once home to a Phoenix mayor. Over time, the neighborhood deteriorated until the early 1970s, when it was threatened with demolition for urban renewal. Preservation efforts led by Phoenix mayor John Driggs, however, saved the historic buildings. Opened in 1980 as Historic Heritage Square, the park expanded in the mid-1990s to its current size. While remaining an important historical living education center, the square also hosts numerous festivals as a vibrant element of the city's arts and cultural scene.
ISBN: 9781467130752
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Arizona
Series: Images of America
Images: 217
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Authors Donna J. Reiner, PhD, John Jacquemart, and Douglas C. Towne are local historians. Reiner and Towne serve on the Rosson House–Heritage Square Foundation and Guild Board of Directors; Jacquemart is a historian for the City of Phoenix. The book's images were obtained from various public and private collections.
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