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El Encanto Estates:

An Historic Residential District

        As real estate development continues to change the landscape of Tucson, many                  neighborhoods face the issue of safeguarding their physical integrity.  And

        although the ax of massive reconstruction may fall less often on districts listed on the

        U.S. National Register of Historic Places, residents of these areas remain concerned

        about preserving their quality of life.  The tall palm trees in the median of Broadway
west of El Con Mall alert passersby to El Encanto Estates, an outstanding                     example of early Twentieth Century community planning.  In 1988, it made Tucson real                 estate news by becoming the sixth Tucson neighborhood to be designated as a

        Residential Historic District, which has allowed the area to maintain much of its

        original character.  Founded in 1928 by landowner and developer W. E. Guerin, this

        was one of the first subdivisions to break from the city’s gridiron layout.  Radiating

        outward from a central park, its architecturally distinctive single-family homes lay on

        six narrow diagonal and circular streets and cul-de-sacs.

        Once beyond the eastern edge of the city, this charming and nostalgic district is now                     centrally located.  The area is defined by East Fifth Street on the north, East Broadway                   Boulevard on the south, Country Club Road to the west and North Jones Boulevard to
        the east.  Alert to opportunities afforded by construction of the
200-room El
     Conquistador Hotel just to the east
, [on land now occupied by El Con Mall], Guerin
        sought to build a prestigious enclave that would appeal to affluent residents of Tucson
        and winter guests of the desert resort.

        Alterations to the original land plat for the
123-acre development have been minimal
        and most of the
residential lots exceed 16,000 square feet.  Although once dominated
Spanish Colonial Revival style homes, the area’s architecture also included examples             of Pueblo Revival, Eclectic Revival and Sonoran until 1941, when ranch-style
        residences made their debut.  While classic Southwest architecture abounds in the area                 of
Colonia Solana and other neighboring developments, formal landscaping
        distinguishes El Encanto Estates.

        The distinctive homes of this urban oasis are often featured in fundraising tours for
        non-profit organizations. Although some of the original lush plantings have been
        replaced with lower-maintenance features, many of the park’s original 150
        remain, as do
date and Mexican fan palms planted along the streets in 1929. 
        Accented with
distinctive edging and walling, these majestic trees serve as district                     boundaries.  

        If planning a drive-by tour, consider including
nearby El Conquistador Water Tower,
        with its wrought iron weather van featuring a prospector and his donkey.  Designed to
        serve guests of the El Conquistador Hotel and residents of both the El Encanto and
        Colonia Solana neighborhoods, the tower is the only hotel feature to remain on its
        original site. 
Built in 1929 by contractor John W. Murphey, the ornate tower is
        located across Broadway from El Encanto Estates,
near South Randolph Way.  After
        years of uncertainty about its conceptual origins, locally renowned
architects Roy
     Place and Josias Joesler have been credited for working on design element
s of
        the distinctive landmark.  The City removed the tower from service in 1970, and tried                   without success to sell it.  The tower was
placed on the National Register of Historic
     Places in 1980
, after two efforts to have the tower demolished failed.

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