Wednesday, September 27, 2006

History of Medlock Place Historical District

History of Medlock Place Historical District

A historic neighborhood in Phoenix' North Central Corridor, Medlock Place is the Valley of the Sun's original suburban residential development. First opened to the public in 1926, Medlock Place was then 4 miles north of the edge of town. Today, many of the Medlock Place Historic District single family homes still reflect what Floyd Medlock, the area's first developer, billed as living amidst "city conveniences with country delights."

A couple of years before Floyd W. Medlock was born...

"J. M. Evans platted the Evan's Addition to Orangewood in 1897. Directly south of the Orangewood Subdivision, Bethany Home Road bounded the north side of Evan's Addition, Camelback Road to the south, and 7th Street and 7th Avenue to the east and west, respectively. These twenty-acre lots were divided evenly over four blocks; each block contained twenty lots. Following conventions of the day, developers like Evans invested their time and money in subdividing the lots and providing basic services to the area (graded roads and minimal utilities) and individual buyers contracted architects and builders to construct their homes. While demand for land was high, construction generally lagged behind lot development."

Information courtesy of The Medlock Place Neighborhood Association.

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