History of Windsor Square Historic District

Developmental History of Windsor Square

Windsor Square Historic District Home

Windsor Square Mid-Century Ranch Home

In the early 1920’s, the parcel, which became Windsor Square, was a tract of nearly vacant agricultural land owned by the Barringer family. Only a few homes appear to have existed in the area prior to the subdivision, including two modest Bungalows in the Lamson subdivision on Colter Street.

Historic District Home In Windsor Square

Windsor Square Historic District Home

The formal origins of Windsor Square can be traced to the announcement on February 5, 1929 that the Barringer property at Central and Camelback was purchased by the Owens-Dinmore Company. Typical of the era, the company proposed to build a prestigious suburban development. The subdivision was to feature a creative curvilinear street layout. The Phoenix firm of Holmquist and Maddock, along with W. Lee Woollett from Albany, New York, were retained to design the street plan. Also retained, as a consultant was John R. Case, a planner from Los Angeles who specialized in subdivisions. The developers intended to create a “state-of-the-art” residential neighborhood with curbs, sidewalks, ornamental lights, landscaping, and a water system.

Windsor Square Spanish Colonial Revival

Spanish Colonial Revival home in Windsor Square Historic DIstrict

Despite its promotion and high expectations, sales did not meet the anticipated level. The neighborhood quickly fell victim to the onset of the Depression and its developer, Owens-Dinmore filed for bankruptcy.

Windsor Square would experience its major growth period in the 1940’s, during which time most of the available lots were developed. William Rasmussen would ultimately build the majority of homes in Windsor Square. In 1944, he created the Cuesta Vista Subdivision, which forms the northern portion of the district.

Significance of Windsor Square

Phoenix Arizona Windsor Square Home

Windsor Square Historic Home

Windsor Square is significant as a neighborhood that provides evidence of the northern limits of the speculative land development patterns occurring in Phoenix during the late 1920’s. The district contains several excellent examples of Period Revival style architecture and has unique architectural merit due to the concentration of homes built after 1939 and through World War II. The emergence of custom-designed Ranch Houses is particularly notable in Windsor Square.

Historical Information provided courtesy:
Historic Preservation Office of the City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department 200 West Washington Street 
Phoenix, Arizona 85003

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$629,000
501 E COLTER Street, Phoenix, AZ 85012
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 2143
Year Built: 1945
Subdivision: WINDSOR SQUARE BLK 7 LOTS 27 UP, BLK 8 LOTS 16-28
City/Town Code: Phoenix
Description: LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! HIGHLY DESIREABLE HISTORICAL WINDSOR SQUARE!...
Last Updated: February - 21 - 2019
$579,900
16 W OREGON Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 3310
Year Built: 1951
Subdivision: ALDRICH PLACE
City/Town Code: Phoenix
Description: LOCATED IN THE THE MOST DESIRABLE AREA TO LIVE IN PHOENIX! THIS CHARMING H...
Last Updated: February - 19 - 2019
$675,000
28 W PASADENA Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 3.5
Square Footage: 3649
Year Built: 1930
Subdivision: SOUTH MEDLOCK PLACE
City/Town Code: Phoenix
Description: 28 W Pasadena Ave is nestled in the heart of Phoenix within a neighborhood ...
Last Updated: February - 18 - 2019
$1,950,000
5510 N 4th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85012
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Open House (02/23/2019 - 12:00 pm)
Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 4.5
Square Footage: 4325
Year Built: 2013
Subdivision: EVANS ADD TO ORANGEWOOD BLK 4, LOTS 15-20
City/Town Code: Phoenix
Description: Quintessential North Central Phoenix Gem! All the charm and character you w...
Last Updated: February - 13 - 2019
$675,000
251 E MEDLOCK Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85012
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 4
Square Footage: 2517
Year Built: 1952
Subdivision: WINDSOR SQUARE BLK 7 LOTS 27 UP, BLK 8 LOTS 16-28
City/Town Code: Phoenix
Description: Experience Phoenix at it's finest, living in the uptown area. Home to sever...
Last Updated: February - 10 - 2019
$479,900
5009 N 2ND Street, Phoenix, AZ 85012
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1824
Year Built: 1945
Subdivision: WINDSOR SQUARE BLK 7 LOTS 27 UP, BLK 8 LOTS 16-28
City/Town Code: Phoenix
Description: Situated in the highly desirable Windsor Square Historic District, this hom...
Last Updated: February - 08 - 2019
$435,000
5024 N 6TH Street, Phoenix, AZ 85012
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 1188
Year Built: 1937
Subdivision: WINDSOR SQUARE BLK 7 LOTS 27 UP, BLK 8 LOTS 16-28
City/Town Code: Phoenix
Description: This completely updated Windsor Square house is a perfect mix of historic f...
Last Updated: January - 31 - 2019
$2,995,000
135 E MISSOURI Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 6
# of Bathrooms: 7.5
Square Footage: 11255
Year Built: 1948
Subdivision: EVANS ADD TO ORANGEWOOD BLK 4, LOTS 15-20
City/Town Code: Phoenix
Description: One of a kind estate (10,295 SF Main House + 960 SF Guest House totaling 11...
Last Updated: January - 23 - 2019

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