List of historic properties in Paradise Valley, Arizona

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List of historic properties in
Paradise Valley, Arizona
The McCure Mansion/Hormel Mansion
The McCure Mansion/Hormel Mansion
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 Paradise Valley, Arizona, which includes a photographic gallery of some of the city's historic structures and monuments. Also, included is The Goldwater Crypt in the Memorial Garden on the grounds of the Christ Church of the Ascension.

Paradise Valley[edit]

The land which is now named Paradise Valley, began as an agricultural community. According to Will Barnes, author of "Arizona Place Names", Frank Conkey, gave the place its name in the 1880s. Conkey managed the surveyors in charge of developing the land into agricultural lots for the Rio Verde Canalo Company.[1]

After World War II, the area began to experience a population growth. The new residents founded the "Citizens Committee for the Incorporation of The Town of Paradise Valley, Arizona". After the committee presented a petition to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisor for the recognition of township, the petition was granted and on May 24, 1961, the town of Paradise Valley was incorporated.[2]

The first and currently (as of 2016) only property in Paradise Valley to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places is the Edward L. Jones House which was built in 1925.

In 1964, Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater ran unsuccessfully for the Presidency of the United States. Goldwater had a house built atop of Scorpion Hill in 1952. The house, which was constructed with sandstone from the Navajo Reservation, is located on Keim Street, just east of 40th Street in Paradise Valley.[3] His ashes and that of his wife, Peggy, who died in 1985, are interned in the "Goldwater crypt" in the Memorial Garden on the grounds of the Christ Church of the Ascension. The church is located at 4015 E. Lincoln Drive.[4]

Two houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright are located in Paradise Valley, they are the "Harold C. Price Sr. House and the last house that Wright designed before his death, the Norman Lykes House. The Harold C. Price Sr. House was built in 1956 and is located at 7211 N. Tatum. Price was the owner of the “Price Tower” in New York City, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The construction of the Norman Lykes House began in 1959 and competed in 1967. It is located at 6836 N. 36th Street in Paradise Valley, Arizona. The house was finished by Taliesin Associated Architects John Rattenbury. Norman Lykes was one of seven brothers who operated the “Lykes Brothers Steamship Lines”, a shipping company which dates back to 1889.[5]

The McCure Mansion/Hormel Mansio was built in 1967 and is located at 6112 N. Paradise View Drive atop Sugar Loaf Mountain. The house was built for Pennzoil heir Walter McCure. It was later sold to Hormel Food Co. heir George Hormel. At 52,000 square feet, it is the 13th largest privately owned home in the United States by square footage.[6]

The historic Paradise Valley Methodist Church was built in 1960 and is located at 4455 East Lincoln Road. The church's chapel with its' stained glass window was built in 1964. Both are featured in the "Valley of the Sun", television program about Phoenix and its' surrounding areas in the 1960s.[7]

Historic structures[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • "We Called It Paradise: Paradise Valley, Arizona 1920s-1940s"; by: Blake Mitchell and Jann Mitchell; Publisher: Jann Mitchell; ASIN: B00D2RO0WW

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Will Barnes, Arizona Place Names, revised and enlarged by Byrd Granger, University of Arizona Press, 1960, p. 190.
  2. ^ "Town of Paradise Valley History". Town of Paradise Valley. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  3. ^ "2000: Admirers buy Goldwater home". The Arizona Republic. 24 May 2000.
  4. ^ "Who's Who Underground". Around Arizona. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Wright, Frank Lloyd". Around Arizona. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  6. ^ Hansen, Kristena (December 9, 2013). "See inside the massive 52,000-square-foot mansion listed for $10 million in Paradise Valley". Phoenix Business Journal.
  7. ^ "Valley of the Sun". Travel Film Archive.