The Roosevelt Historic District Neighborhood is part of the burgeoning Downtown Phoenix area and was the first designated historic neighborhood in the city. With walkable streets, a storied past, successful long-time businesses, vibrant new restaurants and cafes, the Roosevelt Neighborhood offers a unique slice of Phoenix life – both past, present and future. – Roosevelt Action Association.
Roosevelt is just the place to be. If you like to drive the historic Phoenix neighborhoods looking for homes with age and character, you’ve undoubtedly discovered Roosevelt Historic District as it’s one of the most coveted historic districts in all of downtown Phoenix.
The sprawling wrap-around front porches are inviting as can be! With plenty of room for a hammock or a swing, you’ll never be at a loss for ideas. Watch the kids play, people walking by, entertain your guests or just have a quiet night on the front porch like the good old fashioned days. This exquisite neighborhood and its homes take you back in time. If you’re from the Midwest or the East coast, welcome home.
From the Roosevelt district, there are an endless array of things to do, places to go and people to see! For starters, walk to the light rail, Public Market or Farmers’ Market (A local Farmers’ Market which was recently ranked one of the best in the country), walk to many popular restaurants, to work if you work in any of the corporations that call downtown Phoenix home. Walk to the Comerica Theatre or Puppet Theatre or catch the light rail and go to a Diamondbacks ballgame at Chase Field. If the kids need a book to read over summer break, the Burton Barr Library is right there on Central. Take a stroll with your 4-legged friends or significant other with dog needs a change of scene, walk her to the linear Margaret Hance Deck Park that covers much of the I-10 traffic traveling through a tunnel below.
A mix of very fine architectural influences and some of the best examples of early twentieth century architecture makes this neighborhood highly desirable, Predominantly California Bungalows combined with Craftsman Bungalows, English Cottages and Period Revival style single-family homes on narrow but deep lots are the norm in Roosevelt. You’ll also find simplified versions of Queen Anne and Neoclassical houses, Prairie School buildings and Mission Revival style.
The homes vary in size ranging from roughly 1,700 to more than 3,000 square feet with a minimum of 3 bedrooms and multiple baths. Sizable guest houses are not uncommon as are large attics than can be converted into living space if it hasn’t already been done. Many newer renovated apartments and new lofts have sprouted up over the years as the popularity and demand for this area has skyrocketed.
- One of Phoenix’s original neighborhoods
- Was one of the first streetcar neighborhoods
- Founded in the 1860’s but mostly developed from the 1890’s to 1930’s
- The Roosevelt Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983
- Was the first designated historic neighborhood in the city
The Historic Roosevelt Neighborhood is a modern name for a series of neighborhoods that grew north of the city between 1893 and 1930. Roosevelt Historic District is one of Phoenix’s original neighborhoods with its large homes built for the early elite dating back to the turn of the century. High-ranking politicians, Supreme Court Justices, physicians, lawyers and entrepreneurs resided in Roosevelt. Among the prominent early residents of the Roosevelt neighborhood, though their houses are no longer standing, include Baron Goldwater, father of future Sen. Barry Goldwater; Carl Hayden, Arizona’s first Congressman; and Richard Sloan, Arizona’s territorial governor from 1909 to 1912.
ABOUT ROOSEVELT ROW ART’S DISTRICT (RoRo)
Roosevelt Row Artist’s Districts is all about culture and art in downtown Phoenix beginning at 7th Avenue and extends east to 16th Street. On the north side it begins at Interstate 10 and extends south to Fillmore Street. It is nationally known for its arts and cultural events, award-winning restaurants, galleries, boutiques and live music and is also home to artist live and work, gallery and studio spaces. It’s a dynamic, walkable urban mixed-use area with a significant concentration of artists and other creative professionals. With increasing density, this is an area that has become more pedestrian-friendly and supportive of small local independent businesses that give downtown Phoenix character. Urban renewal is being heavily fostered with rehabilitated bungalows and new infill projects.
Roosevelt Street is an east-west corridor that connects the historic neighborhoods between Grand Avenue and 16th Street. The corridor also connects Copper Square, Chase Field, U.S. Airways Center, major cultural institutions, the new downtown ASU campus and the biomedical campus. It connects the arts and downtown Phoenix historic neighborhoods including Garfield Historic District, Evans Churchill, F.Q. Story Historical District, Willo Historic District, Roosevelt Historic District, the Roosevelt Action Association and Grand Avenue.
Roosevelt Row is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established to further the unique character and assets of the area, to advocate for the continuing role of the arts in the revitalization of downtown Phoenix, and to foster a dense, diverse and walk-able urban environment.
FIRST FRIDAY’S ART WALK
Downtown Phoenix hosts one of the nation’s largest, self guided artwalks. Roosevelt Row serves as a central hub for the monthly artwalk every First Friday from 6 to 11pm.
Tour galleries, venues and art-related spaces to see a variety of artwork and to enjoy the spirit and culture of the city as you mingle with thousands of other residents and visitors. Free event shuttles are available through out downtown and are headquartered at the Phoenix Art Museum.
The Roosevelt Action Association (RAA) is a wonderful group of residents whose focus is “promoting rehabilitation and redevelopment efforts and acting as a community advocate for issues that maintain the communities quality of life.” Yes, major pride of ownership and for good reason.
The corridor is continuously and consistently re-emerging as one of the most dynamic areas in downtown Phoenix and a valued cultural resource in the metropolitan region and the state.
Check out the Roosevelt Action Association for additional info: http://www.rooseveltneighborhood.org/