The 2014 Coronado Historic Home & Garden tour was threatened by rain, yet came off without a hitch. The skies opened blue on March 2nd to the relief of the homeowners, vendors and event organizers. Thousands of visitors gathered in the Coronado historic district to enjoy music, an antique car show, great food and a look inside some of Phoenix’s oldest homes.
Before we discuss the tour and festivities, we need to give a big thanks and fist-bump to Bertram Clifford Legg Jr., Amber Ehrlich, Bishop & Andrea Ortega and the dozens of others who made the 2014 Coronado Home & Garden tour a brilliant success. Thank you all for sharing your neighborhood, passion and homes with the public.
Each year the coordinators of the Coronado Home & Garden tour choose a theme. This year it was From the Ground Up, an honoring of the district’s native American ancestors. Here is a excerpt from the event’s program…
The theme of the 2014 Coronado Home Tour was chosen to honor the native Americans who coaxed a living from the desert with an elaborate canal system. The Hohokam’s built the largest, most sophisticated irrigation system in the Americas.
Today you will visit homes and gardens that have seen many changes throughout the past eight decades, yet their foundations are strong reminders of the connection to our rich history.
The tour featured eleven homes mostly from the 1940’s. Each home had its own charm and character. Many had been updated, some keeping the original styling’s and others with more modern themes.
We started a new thing this year… the Urban Team best of tour award. As we view each home we assess it based on historic charm, updates that match the era, quality and maintenance of the home and gardens. This year there were two homes we especially liked and we had a hard decision.
The winner for the Urban Team’s best of tour at the 2014 Coronado Home and Garden tour was a rare 1940’s Pueblo Revival. We say rare because most of the revival style homes in Phoenix were built in the 1920’s. There were two elements to the home that made it a true standout. The kitchen remodel maintained the historic nature of the home. No modern cabinets and granite counters, just clean lines and materials that fit the home and nostalgic grace of an older home. The second feature was the doorway to the back yard. Imagine a massive custom doorway melding metal and glass and the size of the entire wall exiting the home. When opened, guests are treated to a vast entrance to the back yard space… especially useful for parties with friends.
The fair aspect of the 2014 Coronado Home and Garden Tour was great fun. Besides the several dozen crafters and vendors, visitors listened to a wide variety of music while munching down food supplied by nearly a dozen food trucks and purveyors. Since the weather turned out nice, lots of people enjoyed this part of the day.
As always, we took pictures of the homes and gardens on tour and put them together for a YouTube virtual tour of the tour. We hope you enjoy the show:
2014 Coronado Home and Garden Tour Video and Commentary
We often get calls after the various historic home tours. Many ask us to send a list of homes they could buy. To make things a bit easier, you will find a daily updated list of homes currently for sale in the Coronado Historic District at the end of this article. We’ve also included a link to an article discussing the history of the Coronado Historic Neighborhood you may enjoy:
If you want to see other homes, you’ll find an amazing home search tool on our website as well as several pre-built searches at the bottom of the historic home page. The search tool is updated 3 times a day and free to use. If you have any questions, please know we are here to help.
Gene Urban & Ron Urban
The Urban Team at Realty Executives
Specialists in historic home and Downtown Phoenix
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