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List of historic properties in Glendale, Arizona
View of 58th Dr. of historic Catlin Court District established in 1914
View of 58th Dr. of historic Catlin Court District established in 1914
Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona
Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona

This is a list of historic properties in Glendale, Arizona, which includes a photographic gallery, of some of the city's remaining historic structures and monuments.

Glendale

The town of Glendale, was founded by William John Murphy in 1892. The establishment of a Santa Fe railroad link to Phoenix in 1895 allowed Glendale to blossom into the largest town in the northwest Salt River Valley. The city was incorporated as a town in 1910 and is currently the 4th largest city in Arizona.

The city has 20 listings on the National Register of Historic Places, which includes ten historic neighborhood districts. The first of these districts to be placed on the register is that of the Glendale townsite-Catlin Court Historic District. The other nine historic neighborhood districts are:

  • The 59th Avenue Residential Historic District
  • Floralcroft Historic District
  • Glendale Gardens Historic District
  • Glendale Tract Historic District
  • Northfield Historic District
  • Myrtle Avenue Residential Historic District
  • Sage Acres Historic District
  • Sands Estate Historic District
  • The Thunderbird Estates
  • The McDonald Addition Historic District

Additionally, a number of properties which are considered historical by the Glendale Historic Society and the Glendale List of Historic Places Survey are listed here with a brief description and image.

Also included in this list are the images of the airfield control tower (which has been restored), barracks, and one large airplane hangar of what once was Thunderbird 1 Army Air Field. The airfield, where the Thunderbird School of Global Management is currently located, was a military airfield in Glendale that was used for contract primary flight training of Allied pilots during World War II.


Buildings

Historical buildings in Glendale, Arizona
Glendale-Downtown Glendale High School Auditorium-1939-2
The Glendale High School Auditorium built in 1930. This is part of the original high school building.

(NRHP = National Register of Historic Places)
(GAHS=Glendale Arizona Historical Society)
Santa Fe Railroad Depot, built in 1895. The building serves as the offices of BNSF-MOW (Burlington Northern Santa Fe - Maintenance of Way). It is listed in the Glendale Arizona Historical Society
Humphrey and Davidson Building built in 1895. It is the second oldest brick commercial building in Glendale. It is listed in the Glendale Arizona Historical Society
The Glendale Memorial Park Cemetery Caretakers’ House was built in 1895 and is located inside the Glendale Memorial Park Cemetery at 7844 N. 61st Ave. The Memorial Park Cemetery is Glendale’s first cemetery. It is listed in the Glendale Arizona Historical Society
This building was built in the late 19th century and was where the Glendale Blacksmith Shop was located. It is located in 6713 N. 57th Drive. Renovations were made to the building and it now houses the Desert Rose Cigar Lounge & Club. It is listed as historical by the Glendale Historical Building Survey
Beet Sugar Factory Building, built in 1906. The one million dollar Beet Sugar Factory was built by the Arizona Sugar Company, founded by William John Murphy. It produced sugar until 1913. The building is listed in the National register of Historic Places
Boiler house, lime kiln house and repair shop of the historic Beet Sugar Factory. The building is listed in the National register of Historic Places
The Hoghe Bunkhouse, is located at the intersection of Lamar Road and North 53rd Avenue. It was built by Leo M. Hoghe in 1906. The Hoghe Bunkhouse is the only remaining example of workers housing associated with the Beet Sugar Factory in Glendale. It is listed in the Glendale Arizona Historical Society
Beet Sugar Factory Warehouses built in 1906. It is listed in the Glendale Arizona Historical Society
First National Bank of Glendale, built in 1906. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places
C. L. Gillett Building which once housed the Glendale State Bank, built in 1909. It is listed in the Glendale Arizona Historical Society
Glendale’s first mortuary, built in 1912 and located at 6821 N 58th Ave, now serves as the American Legions Post 29 Bingo Hall. It is listed in the Glendale Arizona Historical Society
This was the location of Glendale’s first Fire Station in N. 57th Drive. The structure was built in 1912. It was later used as the towns’ municipal court and is now occupied by the Glendale Information Technology. It is listed in the Glendale Arizona Historical Society
Glendale Woman's Club, structure built in 1912. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places
Sine Brothers Hardware Store, built in 1912. It is listed in the Glendale Arizona Historical Society
Hine Building built in 1913 which now houses various businesses. It is listed in the Glendale Arizona Historical Society
The Two Story Adobe House was built in 1918 and is located at 6738 N. 54th Drive. It is the largest adobe building in Glendale and listed as historical by the Glendale Historic Building Survey
Robert W. Cole Building which once housed the Sprouse and Reitz 5 and 10 Cent Store, built in 1919 (GAHS). The building houses "Zola Bell's", an antique store. It is listed in the Glendale Arizona Historical Society
Glendale Grammar School One-Room Class Building, built in 1920. This particular unit is known as "Room 35". It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places
The building where the Glendale Herald and Valley Printers were located was built in 1920. The structure is located at 5430 Glendale Ave. The "Glendale Herald" began operations in 1926 and continued to do so until 1963 when it ceased to operate. It was the towns’ second newspaper and started as the “Saturday Shopper”. The building now houses a used car sales business. It is listed in the Glendale Arizona Historical Society
This historic building was once the “El Rey Theatre”. It was built in the 1920s and is located at 7009 N. 58th Ave. The theatre is now gone, however the structure houses (2013) the Pink House Boutique. It is listed in the Glendale Arizona Historical Society
Sine Building, built in 1926 by the Sine Brothers. It is listed in the Glendale Arizona Historical Society
The Glendale Welding Company building was built in the early 1900s and is located at 6725 N 57th Dr. The welding company was established in 1937 and claims to be Glendale’s oldest business in one location. The building is listed in the Glendale Historic Building Survey of 1980. 
The Glendale Tract Community Center was built in 1937 and is located at the axial terminus of Sands Road on a large parcel that occupies the Southeast corner of the historic Glendale Tract District. The district was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on January 11, 2006, reference #05001506. 
Location of Historic Filers Bakery (GAHS), founded in 1939. The Bakery was established in the Robert W. Cole building, built in 1919, which once housed the Sprouse and Reitz 5 and 10 Cent Store. It is listed in the Glendale Arizona Historical Society
Inside Coyotes Oaties location which once housed the Historic Filers Bakery (founded in 1939) (GAHS), founded in 1939. Posing is co-owner Annette. 
Glendale High School Auditorium, built in 1939. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places
Coury Building built in 1940 (GAHS) 
This historic structure, located at 5625 W Glendale Ave., was built in the 1940s. It once housed Glendale Pharmacy and Post Office. (notice the old pharmacy sign on top of the building). It now houses Auntie Em's Miniature and Smilin' Jack's Pedal Car store. It is listed in the Glendale Arizona Historical Society
Close-up view of the Glendale Pharmacy historic structure, located at 5625 W Glendale Ave., which was built in the 1940s and once also housed a Post Office. (notice the old pharmacy sign) (GAHS)
Mexican-American Community Center built in 1942 and located at 6705 N. 54th Ave.. Once used as a store and later as a community center for the Mexican-Americans who populated the area known as “Little Mexico”. Listed as historical by the Glendale Arizona Historical Society. 
Different view of the Mexican-American Community Center
This historic structure, built in 1951 and located at 5734 W Glendale Ave., once housed Basha's Supermarket. The school offices of Glendale school district were once located in the second floor of the building. It was once the home of The Mad Hatters Antique Store. It is listed in the Glendale Arizona Historical Society
This is the original building of Pratt’s Feed and Supply. Emerson Wilcken Pratt (1901–2001) worked here when it was known as the "Farmers Cooperative". Pratt's brought the business and in 1953 established Pratt’s Feed and Supply. The structure is located at Glendale and 52 Aves. In the background is a mill which Emerson Wilcken Pratt had built to mix different feeds. The building is now used for other business ventures. The property is listed in the Glendale Historic Building Survey, City of Glendale, 1980. 
The Pratt Mill which Emerson Wilcken Pratt had built in the 1950s to mix different feeds for his business, Pratt’s Feed and Supply located at Glendale and 52 Aves.. It is listed in the Glendale Historic Building Survey, City of Glendale, 1980. 
The original Fire Station #151, Glendale’s first modern fire Station, built in 1960 and located at 55th Ave. and Orangewood Ave. A new, modern fire station, replacing this one, was built in 6851 N. 52nd Avenue. 
Cerreta Candy Co. founded in 1968 in Glendale, Arizona. In 2002 was named a West Valley Treasure. It was originally built as a Safeway grocery store. 
Original building where the "Northwest Hospital" was located at 61st and Northern Aves. Eventually the hospital was moved to a new location at 5555 W. Thunderbird Road in 1983 and was renamed "Banner Thunderbird Medical Center". The building was built in 1960 and now houses the "Salvation Army Corps Community Center". 

Restoration of Morcomb's Service Station

Historic Morcomb's Service Station in Glendale
Before and after its restoration
Myrtle Avenue Residential Historic District
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places Places ref: 08001345.
Morcomb's Service Station, built in 1930 and located at in the corner of Grand and Myrtle Aves. as it looked in 2010 before its restoration. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places Places, ref: 08001345. 
The restored historic Morcomb's Service Station. The property was restored by the Glendale Historical Society in 2013. It is located within the Myrtle Avenue Residential Historic District which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places ref: 08001345. 
Back side of Morcomb's Service Station before restoration. 
Back side of the historic Morcomb's Service Station after its restoration. 

Houses of religious worship

Historical churches in Glendale, Arizona
(NRHP = National Register of Historic Places)
(GAHS=Glendale Arizona Historical Society)
First Methodist Episcopal Church of Glendale Sanctuary, built 1926. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places
Old (c. 1920) abandoned First Southern Baptist Church Building. It is listed as historical by the Glendale Arizona Historical Society. The building was demolished. 
The first Russian Molokans Church (Spiritual Christians) in Glendale built in 1950 and located at 7402 Griffin Ave. The structure was re-addressed as 6404 75th Ave. The first members of this religion arrived in Glendale in 1911. It was at one time the spiritual center for 200 families. It is listed as historical by the Glendale Arizona Historical Society

Houses

Historical houses in Glendale, Arizona
(NRHP = National Register of Historic Places)
(GAHS=Glendale Arizona Historical Society)
The Forney House, built in 1893, is the second oldest house in Glendale, Arizona. It is located at 7534 North 61st Avenue. The oldest house in Glendale is the Adobe house located in Sahuaro Ranch. It is listed as historical by the Glendale Arizona Historical Society
Jonas McNair House was built in 1897 and is located at 5919 W. Myrtle Avenue. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places
E.C. Bunch House was built in 1898 and is located at 5602 West Lamar Road. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places
C.C. Burkholder House was built in 1898 and is located at 7402 N. 61st Ave. C.C. Burkholder was a pioneer and the minister for the River Brethren Church. The house is listed as historical by the Glendale Historical Society
The William Weigold House was built in 1910 and is located at 6101 W. Palmarie Ave. W. Weigold was one of the first directors of the Glendale State Bank. The property is listed in the Glendale Historic Building Survey, City of Glendale, 1980. 
The Ray Wiegold House was built in 1910 and is located at 6115 W. Palmarie Ave. Ray Weigold was a building contractor. His brother William was one of the first directors of the Glendale State Bank. The property is listed in the Glendale Historic Building Survey, City of Glendale, 1980. 
The Nunez House whose original structure was built in 1912. The house is located at 6701 N. 55th Drive. It is amongst the first houses built in what was known as “Mexican Town” in Glendale, Arizona. “Mexican Town” came about as a result of the migration of people from Mexico and of Mexican descent who settled in that section of Glendale with the opening of the Beet Sugar Factory in 1906. The property is listed in the Glendale Historic Building Survey, City of Glendale, 1980. 
The W.C. Welsh Rental House was built in 1912 and is located at 7304 61st Ave. Welsh came to Glendale in 1906 and built several rental houses. The property is listed in the Glendale Historic Building Survey, City of Glendale, 1980. 
The First Baptist Church Parsonage House was built in 1919 and is located at 7141 N. 57th Ave. Reverend C.M. Northrup was the first pastor to reside in the house. Listed as historic by the Glendale Historic Building Survey
The Dominic Sanita House was built in 1924 and is located at 7102 N. 55th Drive. Dominic Sanita was a prominent businessman in Glendale, Arizona. The property is listed in the Glendale Historic Building Survey, City of Glendale, 1980. 
George O'Dowdy Rental Cottage was built in 1926 and is located at 6818 N. 60th Avenue. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places
The Collins House was built in 1930 and is located at 5803 W. Northview Ave. The house is listed in the Glendale Historic Building Survey of 1980. 
The Cook-Chisum House was built in 1931 and is located at 5962 W. Northview Avenue. The Dutch Colonial Revival style of the house popularized by Dutch colonists in parts of New York and New Jersey in the early 1900s. The house is located in the Floralcroft Historic District which was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on April 6, 2006, reference: #05001505. Listed as historic by the Glendale Historic Building Survey
Morcomb's Family House, built in 1936 and located at in the corner of Grand and Myrtle Aves. It is listed as historical by the Glendale Arizona Historical Society
The Jack Shawver House, now known as the Keist Office Building, was built in 1952 and is located at 7508 North 59th Avenue, in the 59th Ave.. This Ranch style home was built outside any platted subdivision by Jack Shawver, partner of the Shawver Brothers Tillage Company. It is in the Northfield Historic District which was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on May 10, 2010, reference: #10000234. Listed as historic by the Glendale Historic Building Survey
The Evan Mecham House was built in 1960 and is located at 5741 West Harmont Drive. Evan Mecham served as the 17th Governor of Arizona from January 5, 1987 to April 4, 1988 when he was impeached. The house is located in the Thunderbird Estates/ McDonald Addition Historic District. 

Ranches

Historic ranches in Glendale, Arizona.

Manistee Ranch
(NRHP = National Register of Historic Places)
National Register of Historic Places Marker in Manistee Ranch. 
Main mansion of the Manistee Ranch, built in 1897 
Different view of the Manistee Ranch main mansion 
Different view of the Manistee Mansion. 
Main door and entrance of the Manistee Mansion. 
Manistee Ranch Outhouse
Garage in the ranch built in 1912 
Farm equipment once used at the ranch 
Palm trees at the ranch, some over 100 years old 
Granary Barn built in 1890 
Manistee Ranch office built in 1924, and used as such by the Sands family, until 1947 
Images of the 19th Century interior furnishings and decorations of the Manistee Main Mansion.
'Fireplace in the living room of the ’Manistee Mansion
Children’s room in the Manistee Mansion
Main bedroom of the Manistee Mansion
Bedroom in the first floor of the Manistee Mansion
19th century kitchen of the Manistee Mansion
Staircase leading to the second floor of the Manistee Mansion
Sahuaro Ranch
(NRHP = National Register of Historic Places)
National Register of Historic Places Marker in Sahauro Ranch. 
Entrance to Historic Sahuaro Ranch
Main mansion of the Sahuaro Ranch, built in 1886 (NRHP) 
Different view of Main mansion of the Sahuaro Ranch, built in 1886 (NRHP) 
Sahuaro Ranch Foreman's House, built in 1890 (NRHP) 
Feed and Storage House in Sahuaro Ranch, built in 1890 (NRHP) 
Adobe house – the first house built in Sahuaro Ranch 
Saguaro Ranch Dairy Barn 
Saguaro Ranch Blacksmith Shop (1890). 
Saguaro Ranch Outhouse (1890). 
Case Steam Engine used in Sahuaro Ranch. 
Saguaro Ranch Farm machinery and 1890s Horse Stable (in background). 
1901 Saguaro Ranch Pump House
1905 Saguaro Ranch Wagon and auto garage
Saguaro Ranch Well House (1920). 
Images of the 19th Century interior furnishings and decorations of the Main Mansion and Adobe house in Sahuaro Ranch Park.
The Smith bedroom on the second floor of the main mansion. 
Small study in the hallway of the second floor of the main mansion. 
Living room in the first floor of the main mansion. 
The inside of the old Adobe house, the first structure built in the Sahuaro Ranch. 

This was an abandoned 19th century farmhouse and barn located in the middle of 63rd Ave. between Northern and Olive Avenues. The property was demolished in 2017.

Abandoned late 19th century farm.
Abandoned late 19th century farm
Another view of the abandoned late 19th century farm
The abandoned barn of the 19th century farm. 
The abandoned 19th century farm house. 

Russian Spiritual Christians Cemetery

The Russian Spiritual Christians Cemetery, sometimes referred to as the Molokan Cemetery, was established in 1911 shortly after the Molokan’s, arrived to buy farmlands in Glendale, Arizona. The Molokans, known as the Spiritual Christians, was a religious group which broke away from the Russian Orthodox Church because they believed that the Russian Government was going to force their youth to serve in the military. This was against their believes. They arrived and established a community in California. Some of these families, among them the Tomachoffs and the Popoffs moved to Glendale, and established a Russian Village. One of the factors which benefited them was the sugar beet factory of that town. The Sugar Beet Factory closed in 1913 and the demand for their agricultural products declined, that and the climate of the area convinced many families to return to California. The cemetery is considered to be a historical site.

Historic Russian Spiritual Christians Cemetery
(Sometimes referred to as the Molokan Cemetery)
(GAHS=Glendale Arizona Historic Society-listed)
The historic Russian Spiritual Christians Cemetery, sometimes referred to as the Molokan Cemetery, was established in 1911 and is located in 75th Ave. close to Maryland Ave. 
The old posts which stick out of the ground in the historic Russian Spiritual Christian Cemetery are of the deceased whose families could not afford a grave marker. It is unknown who are buried there. 
Some graves belonging to the Popoff family. 
Graves of some of the members of the Tomachoff family. 
Graves of Nellie and Peter Popoff with Russian inscription. 

Molokan Farmers Village houses

Molokan Farmers Village houses
Griffith Ave., a dead end street, is the only remaining street of the once Russian (Molokan) Farmers Village. 
The first Russian Molokans Church (Spiritual Christians) in Glendale built in 1950 and located at 7402 Griffin Ave. The structure was re-addressed as 6404 75th Ave. The first members of this religion arrived in Glendale in 1911. It was at one time the spiritual center for 200 families. It is listed as historical by the Glendale Arizona Historical Society
Molokan house which once belonged to Harry P. Tolmachoff. 
Molokan house in Griffin Ave 

Tolmachoff Farms

The historic Tolmachoff Farms in Glendale was established in 1912 by the Tolmachoff family, who were among the early Russian families who immigrated and settled in Glendale, Arizona. The farm is located at 5726 N. 75th Avenue in Glendale.

Tolmachoff Farms
Tolmachoff Farms-Steel Star open back-geared steel windmill-1910
Steel Star open back-geared steel windmill
Entrance to the Tomachoff farms. 
A Steel Star open back-geared steel windmill located in the historic Tolmachoff Farm. It was manufactured by Flint & Walling Manufacturing Co., Kendallville, IN., circa 1910. 
A 1927 Chevrolet Truck once used in the historic Tolmachoff Farm. 
Children farming in the Tolmachoff Farm. 
Tolmachoff Farm pumpkin patch. 

Catlin Court Historic District

Glendale-Catlin Court- Catlin Court Historic District NRHP Marker
National Register of Historic Places “Catlin Court Historic District” Marker.

The Catlin Court Historic District, established in 1914, is significant for its historic association with an important period in the development of the city of Glendale, Arizona. The Catlin Court Historic District which is located in the area bounded by Gardenia Ave., 59th Ave., Palmarie Ave. and 58th Ave. is one of nine historic districts in Glendale, Arizona listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The district was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on June 9, 1992.


Thunderbird 1 Army Air Field

Thunderbird 1 Army Air Field
Listed as historical in the Glendale Arizona Historical Society.
The historic Thunderbird Control Tower was built in 1941 and served as the Air Control Tower and Officers' quarters during the operation of the Thunderbird 1 Army Air Field, in Glendale. There American, British, Canadian and Chinese pilots trained during WWII. The air field was deactivated in 1945 and is now occupied by the Thunderbird School of Global Management which is located southeast of the intersection of West Greenway Road & North 59th Avenue in Glendale, Arizona (GAHS)
View from the inside of the historic Thunderbird Control Tower station
Different view of the historic Thunderbird Control Tower. The tower and officer quarters were built in 1941 and served the Thunderbird 1 Army Air Field, in Glendale during WW II (GAHS)
The historic Thunderbird 1 Army Air Field Airplane Hangar was built in 1941 (GAHS)
Thunderbird 1 Army Air Field barracks used during World War II by the pilots {GAHS}

Historic interest

Historic interest
(GAHS=Glendale Arizona Historic Society-listed)
Grave-site of William John Murphy, founder of Glendale. 
Murphy Park named after William John Murphy, founder of Glendale. The town clock (pictured) was dedicated in 1987 to the memory of Thelma Renick Heatwole (1912–1991), who covered life in the Glendale community for more than 40 years as a newspaper reporter. The park is located at 58th & Glendale Avenues and has a public library. 
Glendale's Fire Bell. When Glendale established its first all Volunteer fire department in 1912, this bell alerted the volunteers, which was made up of the local business owners. The bell was originally located on the towns’ water tank behind the Sine Hardware store at 58th Drive. The bell is now located at Fire Station #151 in Glendale where it serves as a reminder of that departments pioneer days. 
This 1917 Nash Fire Truck was the first motorized fire truck of the Glendale Fire Department. It is Model #3017, Truck #98745. Its maximum speed is 16 mph and has a normal freight load capacity of 4000 lbs. The normal weight allowance is 1500 lbs. and the normal weight of the chassis is 3850 lbs. The truck was manufactured by the “Nash Motors Company” and is on exhibit at the Glendale Training Center located at 11330 W. Glendale Ave. 
Police Car – This 1947 Plymouth police car was restored and is used in special events. The car is on exhibit at the Glendale Training Center located at 11330 W. Glendale Ave.(GAHS) 
Gasoline pumps used at Morcomb's Service Station, including an 1918 visi-bowl gas pump (left) (GAHS) 
The Glendale Veteran’s Memorial is located at 5959 West Brown Street in Glendale, Arizona. The City of Glendale acquired historical artifacts that were salvaged from the USS Arizona and the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor. The rusted metal pieces are from a portion of the potato locker in the ship's galley. The steel rings were cut from the USS Arizona Memorial flagpole. Legislation passed during the administrations of Presidents Dwight D Eisenhower and John F Kennedy designated the remains a national shrine. This is an image of an artifact or piece of a structure that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the United States of America. Its reference number is 66000994. 
Another view of the Glendale Veteran’s Memorial

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