When we started ....

In 1985, the L. L. Steward house underwent another conversion, this time to a multi-suite office building. All of the existing bathrooms were removed (the building was entirely re-plumbed), and two new restrooms, one with a shower, were added along the middle of the downstairs north wall (at the north end of the center hallway).

A wall was added at the north end of the original parlor to create a hallway, and the original northwest sleeping porch (2nd floor) was divided into two smallish offices. Kitchen cabinets were removed, the wall between the original kitchen and the utility porch moved 18" south, and the entire northwest corner was reconfigured. The pergola at the southwest corner (enclosed in 1947) was turned into a storage closet. Various air conditioning and plumbing chases were added, carpet was glued down, popcorn applied to ceilings, and fluorescent lights were added. The continuation of the pergola to the west end of the house was roofed over, either during this remodel or earlier.

Early tenants of the office suites were Margy Chrisney, A.I.A. (building co-owner and architect of the remodel), and Congressman Mo Udall.

The two story carriage house/garage at the northwest corner of the property is represented as a box at the upper left corner of the lot on the Roosevelt Neighborhood Map).

A 1960 permit shows the first floor of the garage being converted to apartments. Sometime prior to the 1985 remodel, it was gutted by fire. It was demolished as part of the remodel.


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ARIZONA STATE HISTORIC PROPERTY INVENTORY
May, 1982

The Arizona State Historic Property Inventory was performed to determine the eligibility of the Roosevelt Neighborhood as a Federal Historical District (there being no program in place for local districts at that time).

The study performed by AIA architect and ASU architecture instructor Gerald A. Doyle was instrumental in qualifying Roosevelt, which subsequently became Phoenix's first historic district.

 

L. L. Steward House Physical Description:

The two-story, stuccoed brick Steward House tastefully combines Victorian massing with Prairie School design elements to create an elegant architectural composition. The main portion of the irregularly shaped house is covered by a side-spreading, low pitched hipped roof with wood shingles. The two east bays of the full-width front porch are defined by battered masonry columns, which support a flat roof deck. The west porch bay is covered by a shingled, hipped roof, which is held up by a wood corner post. Double-hung windows fill the rectangular masonry openings. A three-sided bay window sits atop the roof deck at the east end of the front fašade. The wooden balustrade around the front deck is missing. The house is in fair condition (the roof shingles are deteriorated) and is only fairly kept. It does, however, retain its historic architectural integrity, and thus, contributes to the neighborhood's character.

 

STATEMENT OF SIGNIFICANCE/HISTORY:

The Louis L. Steward house is significant for its association with Arizona pioneer and developer, Louis L. Steward.

Steward first came to Arizona in 1905 as the only school teacher at Lee's Ferry, Arizona. After teaching two years, he became a cowboy and then general manager for one of the largest cattle ranches in the nation, the Bar Z Cattle Company. In 1911, Steward was campaign manager for Henry Fountain Ashurst in Ashurst's successful bid for the U. S. Senate.

In 1909, Steward moved to Phoenix, where he became active as a developer. He subdivided and developed the Story addition, west of the Kenilworth addition. Steward was a loan officer for Home Owner's Loan Corporation, head of Southwestern Building and Investment Company, and a director and principal stockholder of the Citizens State Bank. He also served as the head of the Federal Public Housing Administration in Arizona during World War II.

The Louis L. Steward house was built for Louis and Mary Steward in 1914 by Southwestern Building & Investment Company. The house was originally equipped with a "day and night solar heater". The Stewards lived there until ca. 1925.

Because of its association with Louis L. Steward, the house appears to be individually eligible for the National Register.