As best we can determine, three sets of French doors (or a combination of doors and sidelights) originally graced the house:

1) At the rear of the parlor, opening onto the back garden. The original opening went to floor level (as evidenced by uncut bricks) and is of different dimensions than the front window on the opposite wall in an otherwise symmetrical room.

2) Between the dining room and the west pergola, likely facing out to a "porte cochere" (literally, coach door) over the drive. The house's original brick wall does not exist along the line between the pergola and the dining room, and would have been difficult to remove. The only explanation we can offer is that some combination of French doors or doors and floor-to-ceiling windows existed to allow light and ventilation through the front of the house.

3) Between the dining room and the foyer. A wall with doorway was added in 1947, so no original wall existed; some sort of separation would have been needed between dining room and foyer.

The center/rear of the house (north of the staircase) has been altered to the point that it is impossible to determine the locations of original features or uses. Perhaps a servant's quarters?

The 1915 Sanborn insurance map shows a one story garage on the back (northwest) corner of the lot. The L. L. Steward house and the house on the corner of 5th Avenue and Roosevelt (now occupied by the Arizona Theater Company) are the only buildings shown on this side of the block.




The Day & Night solar heater was a black painted metal tank mounted on the roof; water could reach close to boiling during the summer. The two inch hot water pipe, which ran from the water heater to the 2nd story bathroom beneath it, is still in the wall.

The "3 year old palm trees" along the street are considerably larger now!

Click here for a larger, more detailed PDF image of the 1914 Arizona Republican ad.