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The historic Ellis-Shackelford House at 1242 N. Central Ave.

Arizona Humanities (AH) invites the public to a FREE Open House at the Ellis-Shackelford House on Saturday February 8th, 2014 from 11am – 3pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the nearly century old mansion that is home to AH offices and learn about this historic Phoenix treasure on ‘Millionaire’s Row.’

Built in 1917 by prominent physician Dr. William C. Ellis, the house is significant for its architectural design, use of materials, early technological achievements, and high level of craftsmanship. The style blends elements of the Prairie Style, common in the Midwest, with detailing of the Craftsman Style, which was then in vogue in Phoenix.

This home is the only unaltered survivor of early North Central Avenue mansions in Phoenix, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and in the Phoenix Historic Property Register. During the historic period from the mid-1910s through the 1930s, this section of Central Avenue was nicknamed Millionaires’ Row for the mansions of similar style and grandeur lining the avenue.

In 2012 and 2013, the Ellis-Shackelford House went through a 9-month renovation, rehabilitating and restoring the historic property. More information on the Ellis-Shackelford House can be found at http://azhumanities.org/eshouse.php.

The newly restored Ellis-Shackelford House and home of AH is located on Central Avenue and Culver (1242 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004). The Open House is FREE and open to the public. For questions, please call 602-257-0335 or email mmurphy@azhumanities.org .

The Open House is in conjunction with Day at Hance Park, a celebration of the many arts and cultural organizations that surround Margaret T. Hance Park in Downtown Phoenix hosted by the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department. Enjoy FREE access to cultural institutions, family activities, and performances in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Families can explore history and culture, listen to stories told by BookPALS readers, discover the magic of books, learn about upcoming classes, programs and events, take part in ceramic demonstrations and interactive tea displays, and enjoy live entertainment and puppet shows.

Other participating organizations include: Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Irish Cultural Center, Friends of Hance Dog Park, Camp Colley Foundation, Phoenix Public Library (Burton Barr), the Great Arizona Puppet Theater, and Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center.

The festival will be based in the western part of Hance Park just west of the Central Avenue bridge on the green adjacent to the Japanese Friendship Garden and neighborhood playground. More information is available by phone at 602 262-4827, mt.hance.park.pks@phoenix.gov, or online at http://phoenix.gov/parks.