Railroad Addition Historic District (Flagstaff, Arizona)

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Railroad Addition Historic District
Hotel Monte Vista
Railroad Addition Historic District (Flagstaff, Arizona) is located in Arizona
Railroad Addition Historic District (Flagstaff, Arizona)
Railroad Addition Historic District (Flagstaff, Arizona) is located in the United States
Railroad Addition Historic District (Flagstaff, Arizona)
LocationRoughly bounded by Santa Fe RR tracks, Agassiz and Beaver Sts., Birch and Aspen Aves., Flagstaff, Arizona
Area17.8 acres (7.2 ha)
Built1883 (1883)
ArchitectUnderwood, Gilbert Stanley; Et al.
Architectural styleEarly Commercial, Romanesque, Classical Revival
MPSFlagstaff MRA (AD)
NRHP reference No.83002989[1] (original)
86001360[1] (increase 1)
97001086[1] (increase 2)
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJanuary 18, 1983
Boundary increasesJune 17, 1986
September 5, 1997

The Flagstaff Railroad Addition Historic District is significant because of its association with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway as well as U.S. Route 66. The original boundary was roughly bounded by Santa Fe RR tracks, Agassiz and Beaver Sts., Birch and Aspen Avenues. The district was expanded twice to add nine buildings along Phoenix Avenue from Beaver Street to San Francisco Avenue, and a building at 122 East Route 66.[2]

Disastrous fires swept through early Flagstaff; in 1897, the city passed an ordinance requiring all buildings in the business area to be built of brick, stone or iron. [3]

Several of the buildings in the District are associated with well-known businessmen of the late 1800s and early 1900s. These include John W. Weatherford, who constructed the Weatherford Hotel, the Babbitt brothers David, George, William and Charles, whose names are associated with several buildings in the District, and Thomas E. Pollock, Sr.[4]

Notable buildings in the Railroad Addition Historic District
Name Year Built Architectural Style Comments
Flagstaff 1926 Depot
Santa Fe Depot 1926 Building, 1 East Route 66
1926 Revival Tudor Built during the boom years of the 1920s, and is now considered a symbol of Flagstaff. Today it is known as the Amtrak station and Visitor Center. [5]
McMillan Building
McMillan Building, Northwest corner of Route 66 and Leroux St.
1886 Hotel built out of native stone and locally made brick; bank located at corner[5]
Raymond Building
Ramond Building, 9 N Leroux St.
1911 Dr. Raymond was one of Flagstaff's earliest physicians; Moencopi sandstone around door[5]
Loy Building
Loy Building, 15 N Leroux St.
1897 Loy was an attorney[5]
Citizen's Bank Building
Citizen's Bank Building, 17 N Leroux St.
1903 Constructed of Moencopi sandstone[5]
Flagstaff Telephone Exchange
Flagstaff Telephone Exchange, 23 N Leroux St.
1909 Was the first major telephone office; built by John Weatherford; reverted to restaurant in 1930; constructed of Moencopi sandstone[5]
Weatherford Hotel
Weatherford Hotel, 23 N Leroux St.
First section made 1898 and second section made in 1899 Considered to be a downtown anchor since 1900; constructed of Moencopi sandstone[5]
Coalter Building
Coalter Building, 1 E Aspen Ave.
1898 Flagstaff's first Post Office[5]
Pollock Building
Pollock Building, series of shops at 5 E Aspen Ave.
1900–03 Flagstaff's first library on the second floor[5]
Babbitt Building #1
Babbitt Building 1, 15 E Aspen Ave.
1907 Flagstaff's second Post Office located here; constructed of tufa[5]
Babbitt Building #2
Babbitt Building#2, 10 E Aspen Ave.
Elks Hall
Elks Hall, 24 N San Francisco St.
1899 The Elks occupied the top floor; the first bowling alley in Flagstaff was in the basement; ground floor was a drug store[5]
Coconino Sun Building
Coconino Sun Building, 111 E. Aspen Ave.
1926 The Sun Newspaper has been Flagstaff's newspaper since 1891; it was moved to this location to make room for the Monte Vista Hotel[5]
Bikker Building #1
Bikker Building#1, 113 E. Aspen Ave.
1917 Originally a harness shop; unusual shell of pebble siding added later[5]
Bikker Building #2
Bikker Building#2, 119 E. Aspen Ave.
1917 First floor to house JCPenney, the first chain to come to Flagstaff; second floor Odd Fellows hall[5]
Monte Vista Hotel
Monte Vista Hotel, 100 N San Francisco St.
1926 The construction on this hotel was a community effort, in 1926 raising $200,000 within 60 days[5]
Riordan Building
Riordan Building, 106 N. San Francisco St.
1917 Neoclassical Flagstaff's 3rd Post Office[5]
Babbitt Brothers Building
Babbitt Brothers Building, 73 E Aspen Ave.
1888 Was originally a department store; it has been expanded many times, and restored to original appearance in 1990[5]
Babbitt's Garage
Babbitt's Garage, 175 N San Francisco St.
1915 The Babbitt brothers constructed this for automobiles, using reinforced concrete: a first for the area[5]
Masonic Temple
Masonic Temple, 105 E Birch Ave.
1917 Upper story housed the temple; ground floors and basement were rentals[5]
Federal Building
Federal Building, 114 N San Francisco St.
1936 Federal Modern style Flagstaff's fifth Post Office[5]
Hawks Building
Hawks Building, 14 N San Francisco St.
Nackard Building
Nackard Building, 15 N San Francisco St.
1922 Location of fourth Post office[5]
Brannen Building #3
Brannen Building#3, 106 Route 66
1887 Housed town's first physician, D. J. Brannen, who had office and drug store here[5]
Brannen Building #5
Brannen Building#5, 102 Route 66
1883 P.J. Brannen was first store owner to set up business in Flagstaff; the building burned once but was rebuilt using original stones[5]
Vail Building
Vail Building, 3 N San Francisco St.
1888 Art Deco Most of Flagstaff's first businesses were saloons, catering to railroad workers; brawls and shootings were common; building made of brick, but stuccoed in 1939[5]
Donahue Building
Donahue Building, 22 Route 66
1888 Originally a saloon, and was owned by one of Flagstaff's most colorful characters, Sandy Donahue; built of brick and stuccoed in the 1930s[5]
Santa Fe Depot 1889
Santa Fe Depot 1889, Route 66
1889 Flagstaff's first train depot; in 1886, wooden depot destroyed by fire; present building made of Moencopi sandstone[5]


  1. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ James Garrison; Jody Gebhardt; James Woodward (September 1982). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory – Nomination Form: Railroad Addition Historic District" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved January 14, 2016. Also includes 1986 and 1997 boundary increases.
  3. ^ Carl Edenhofer; Cindy Laucher; Joe Westling; Gail Bonelli (c. 1977). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory – Nomination Form: Weatherford Hotel" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved January 14, 2016. Accompanying three photos from 1997.
  4. ^ Jim Woodward (July 1985). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory – Nomination Form: North End Historic Residential District" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab Richard K. Mangum and Sherry G. Mangum (1993). Flagstaff Historic Walk: A Stroll Through Old Downtown (Map). Northland Printing.