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Tempe’s Eisendrath House Wins Award

Credit: Rio Salado Foundation

Source: City of Tempe

Tempe’s Eisendrath Center for Water Conservation has received a prestigious historic preservation award for the rehabilitation of the house that was completed last fall.

The project is a recipient of the 2016 Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award, which recognizes outstanding achievements in preserving Arizona’s historic resources. The awards are given by the Arizona Preservation Foundation and Arizona State Historic Preservation Office. The Eisendrath House is one of ten winners statewide.

“We are so proud to receive this award and to be recognized for a project that is important to the fabric of our community,” said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell. “We have preserved an important piece of our city’s history, and we’ve turned it into a community asset.

Rose Eisendrath’s house has been transformed into the Eisendrath Center for Water Conservation and will also be used as a one-of-a-kind special event venue for meetings and historic tours, making it an attraction for years to come.”

The house was built in 1930 as the winter residence of Rose Eisendrath, a wealthy Chicago widow who was turned away from several local hotels because she was Jewish. Over the past ten years, it has been rehabilitated by the Rio Salado Foundation in partnership with the City of Tempe.

Donors to the project are: SRP, SRPMIC, Vestar, American Express and the Tempe Historic Preservation Foundation. Some of the rehabilitation highlights include:

  • Restoration of the original wood windows and adobe walls.
  • Restoration of the flagstone patio and original fountain for entertaining.
  • LEED-Silver design features including permeable paving, LED lighting and low-flow plumbing fixtures.
  • Three gallery spaces with interpretive displays describing the importance of the architect, the owner and water conservation.

The Eisendrath Center for Water Conservation Visitor’s Center is now available to tour by appointment.

Click here to see a video about Eisendrath House.

Click here for more information on the history of the house.

Visit for more information about the house’s restoration.

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