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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$495,000
241 E MEDLOCK Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85012
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 1.75
Square Footage: 1593
Year Built: 1949
Subdivision: WINDSOR SQUARE BLK 7 LOTS 27 UP, BLK 8 LOTS 16-28
City/Town Code: Phoenix
Description: Windsor Square charming home! Rated one of the best neighborhoods in the co...
Last Updated: August - 18 - 2019
$659,000
245 E PASADENA Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 2211
Year Built: 1950
Subdivision: WINDSOR SQUARE BLK 7 LOTS 27 UP, BLK 8 LOTS 16-28
City/Town Code: Phoenix
Description: Things are heating up in Windsor Square! Price improvement: $667,500. Total...
Last Updated: August - 11 - 2019
$465,900
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: August - 08 - 2019
$1,350,000
5511 N 2ND Street, Phoenix, AZ 85012
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 4.5
Square Footage: 3100
Year Built: 2018
Subdivision: 2ND STREET AND MISSOURI AVENUE
City/Town Code: Phoenix
Description: A gorgeous new construction home with that charming Arcadia feel. A Beaut...
Last Updated: July - 31 - 2019
$420,000
509 E MEDLOCK Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85012
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1350
Year Built: 1950
Subdivision: WINDSOR SQUARE BLK 7 LOTS 27 UP, BLK 8 LOTS 16-28
City/Town Code: Phoenix
Description: Home is investors Dream! Located in the heart of the Historic District. H...
Last Updated: July - 28 - 2019
$975,000
21 E MARSHALL Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 5
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 3526
Year Built: 1956
Subdivision: BERKSHIRE
City/Town Code: Phoenix
Description: **MOVE-IN READY** REMODELED 5BED/3BATH + HUGE PLAYPOOL EXCELLENT ENTERTAINI...
Last Updated: July - 25 - 2019
$2,995,000
A dream kitchen. Viking appliances, labradorite counter surfaces, indoor and outdoor dining areas.
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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: July - 10 - 2019

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