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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$699,000
Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 4080
Year Built: 1987
Subdivision: Medlock Place Historic District
City/Town Code: Phoenix
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125 W MARSHALL Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Footage: 2864
Year Built: 1951
Subdivision: NORTH CENTRAL ESTATES
City/Town Code: Phoenix
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$649,000
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Footage: 2393
Year Built: 2007
Subdivision: WINDSOR SQUARE BLK 7 LOTS 27 UP, BLK 8 LOTS 16-28
City/Town Code: Phoenix
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Last Updated: August - 17 - 2018
$599,900
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 2150
Year Built: 1946
Subdivision: WINDSOR SQUARE BLK 7 LOTS 27 UP, BLK 8 LOTS 16-28
City/Town Code: Phoenix
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Last Updated: August - 17 - 2018
$750,000
35 W MARSHALL Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 3.5
Square Footage: 3064
Year Built: 1953
Subdivision: North Central Estates Lot
City/Town Code: Phoenix
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Last Updated: August - 16 - 2018
$549,000
503 E OREGON Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1840
Year Built: 1949
Subdivision: CUESTA VISTA LOT 8-25, 45-52
City/Town Code: Phoenix
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Last Updated: August - 15 - 2018
$899,900
Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 3.5
Square Footage: 3462
Year Built: 1956
Subdivision: BERKSHIRE
City/Town Code: Phoenix
Description: MID-CENTURY MASTERPIECE. Exuding a timeless elegance, this welcoming North ...
Last Updated: August - 09 - 2018
$458,900
331 E PASADENA Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 1.75
Square Footage: 2144
Year Built: 1948
Subdivision: WINDSOR SQUARE
City/Town Code: Phoenix
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$749,900
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 5
# of Bathrooms: 4
Square Footage: 3649
Year Built: 1930
Subdivision: Medlock Historic District
City/Town Code: Phoenix
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Last Updated: July - 24 - 2018

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