Historic Preservation Ethnic Heritage Surveys

  • African-American Historic Property Study
    In October 2004, the Historic Preservation Office completed its first ever study of African-American properties and neighborhoods in Phoenix. The study was funded with $30,000 in bond funds and a $10,000 federal pass-through grant from the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office. The African-American survey was completed by Athenaeum Public History Group. The survey provides an overview of social, political and cultural African-American history in Phoenix from 1868 to 1970, and identifies historic properties that exemplify these historical themes.

    The city of Phoenix will use the findings of the study to nominate individual properties and neighborhoods to the Phoenix Historic Property Register as well as the National Register of Historic Places. As of February 2011, sixteen African-American properties had been listed on the Phoenix Historic Property Register and three had been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    To learn more about the African-American Historic Property Survey, contact the Historic Preservation Office by calling 602-261-8699 or e-mailing questions to historic@phoenix.gov.

    Read the African-American Historic Property Survey.
  • Hispanic Historic Property Study
    The Historic Preservation Office completed its first-ever study of Hispanic historic properties and neighborhoods in Phoenix on Sept. 30, 2006. The study was funded with $40,000 in city bond funds and a $10,000 federal pass-through grant from the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office. The Hispanic Historic Property Survey was completed by Athenaeum Public History Group, a team of knowledgeable historians assembled specifically for this project. The survey provides an overview of Hispanic history in Phoenix from its earliest days through the civil rights era of the 1970s and identifies eligible historic properties that exemplify this history.

    The city of Phoenix will use the study findings to nominate individual properties and neighborhoods to the Phoenix Historic Property Register as well as the National Register of Historic Places. As of February 2011, thirteen Hispanic properties had been listed on the Phoenix Historic Property Register and three had been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    To learn more about the Hispanic Historic Property Survey, contact the Phoenix Historic Preservation Office at 602-261-8699 or e-mail questions to historic@phoenix.gov.

    Read the Hispanic Historic Property Survey (all links are pdf format):
    Project Scope, Methodology, Historic Context
    Establishing a Community
    Migration, Marginalization and Community Development, 1900-1939
    Acculturation and the Roots of Social Change, 1940-1956
    Community Expansion and the Struggle for Change, 1957-1975
    Conclusion, Property Types, Evaluation, Recommendations and Appendices
  • Asian American Historic Property Survey
    In 2006, the city of Phoenix initiated a project to identify and document historic buildings, structures, sites and districts associated with the history of Asian Americans in Phoenix. The project had two parts: 1) the creation of a broad, contextual history of the experiences of Asian Americans in Phoenix; and 2) the identification of the houses, neighborhoods, businesses, schools, churches, farms and other places that represent this history.

    The final report was completed in August 2007. The report was compiled from research conducted at various archival facilities, reviews of topic-related literature, community outreach connections and oral histories. It is available for download/review from the site of the project contractor, Arizona Historical Research.  The report identifies 19 properties eligible for listing on the Phoenix Historic Property Register and National Register of Historic Places. As of February 2011, six of these properties had been listed on the Phoenix Historic Property Register and five had listed on the National Register of Historic Places.