Willo Historic District, Phoenix Arizona




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Why is Willo an important Historic District? 

Willo is one of the largest historic districts in downtown Phoenix. Getting its name from  the combination of the two votingWillo Historic District sign districts of Wilshire and Los Olivos.  It was  developed over  the course of twenty years from approximately 1920 through 1940, and includes over  1,000 homes. Its charm was recognized in 2006 when Cottage Magazine named the  historic district as one of the “Top 10 Cottage Communities in America.” Criteria  for this included the architecture, parks and recreation, walkability of the neighborhood and  proximity to arts and culture. All of these criteria are found in Willo with numerous great amenities  including walking distance to light rail, art museums, terrific new restaurants, coffee  houses, and of course its proximity to downtown Phoenix. 


Architectural styles and development 

Willo historic homeWillo’s architecture evolved with the changing times. It originally consisted of  bungalow style homes that were built in the 1920’s.  Through the 1930’s construction styles evolved and we begin to see the addition of  homes built in the styles of the Tudor Revival, Greek Revival, American Colonial Revival, Spanish  Colonial Revival and Pueblo Revival. The Great Depression brought the boom of the  previous construction years to a grinding halt. In the late thirties with the help of the  Federal Housing Administration and their assistance programs for buyers, construction took hold again.  The FHA mandated minimum construction standards, (along with other government imposed standards) resulting in a  more uniform style of building now recognized as the Ranch style house. 


Where is Willo located?

The Willo district is roughly bounded on the north by Thomas Road, the south by  McDowell Road the east by Central Avenue and the west by 7th Avenue. It consists of  at least 22 (some say 24) separate subdivisions with the northern sections boasting  some of the newer homes.







The public schools that service the Willo, Phoenix district include Clarendon and  Kenilworth elementary, Phoenix Preparatory Academy middle school and Central High  School. You should be aware that there are other private and charter options in the  area including Brophy College Preparatory and Xavier College Preparatory amongst others. 


Willo Historic Home Tour

                                                         Every year Willo hosts a historic home tour.


Willo Home Tour Fire truck

                                                                 The antique fire truck was on display.


Willo historic home

                                                                      A charming historic home in Willo.


HIstoric home in Willo

                                                             A beautiful brick historic home in Willo.


Willo Historic Home

                                      Charming details are found in these lovely historic homes.



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