Mayor Greg Stanton, the Phoenix Historic Preservation Office, Phoenix Historic Preservation Commission and Heritage Commission hosted a reception to recognize the owners of Phoenix historic properties.

The “Arizona Centennial Celebration,” held Thursday at City Hall, recognized 78 Phoenix historic property owners for helping to preserve our city’s history.

Mayor Greg Stanton (fourth from right) and Councilwoman Thelda Williams (third from left) were joined at the event by former Phoenix Mayors (left to right): John Driggs, Skip Rimsza, Paul Johnson, Terry Goddard, John Nelson and Phil Gordon. Photo courtesy of Edward Jensen, Downtown Voices Coalition.

“The majority of our city’s historic properties are privately owned and it is important to recognize the contributions of these individual property owners in preserving our history,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.

The celebration drew many property owners and preservation advocates.

Each property owner received a certificate noting the property’s historic significance, and will receive an exterior wall-mounted plaque noting its historical significance on the Phoenix Historic Property Register.

Plaques like this one will be installed on the selected properties.

The selected properties include homes, schools, churches and commercial buildings listed on the Phoenix Historic Property Register.  Many also are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including: Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, William E. Cavness House, Monroe School, Wrigley Mansion, Carver High School, Tovrea Castle, Gold Spot Market, Hanny’s and Temple Beth Israel, among others.