Historic Preservation Program
The city’s Historic Preservation Office works to protect and enhance historic neighborhoods, buildings and sites in Casa Grande. The city’s Historic Preservation Office works closely with the city’s Historic Preservation Commission to identify and designate those properties and districts eligible for listing on the Casa Grande Historic Property Register. Protection is provided to designated properties through city review and approval of exterior alterations to buildings and demolition requests. Educational activities are offered by the city Historic Preservation Office to heighten public awareness and appreciation for the community’s historic resources.
The City of Casa Grande Historic Registry map is now available online. It was developed to make it easier to explore the historic properties in Casa Grande. All properties contained in the map are recognized by the Historic Registry. The Evergreen District is also highlighted on the map.
Instructions for the City of Casa Grande Historic Registry Map
1. Mouse over the names of the on the right side. You will see the pin highlighted in the map. You may scroll down to see the entire list of properties.
2. If you would like to see a picture, more details or directions to the property click on the name.
3. For directions to the location click “To here” or “From here” inside the information box
4. Enter the complete address including the number, direction, street name, city and state or zip code (510 E Florence Blvd, Casa Grande AZ or 510 E Florence Blvd 85122)
5. The directions will appear below the map with visual indicators on the map
6. The map can be adjusted with the controls on the left hand side. Zoom in or out and move your mouse around the map or click and grab to navigate the map.
7. You can also view the map in satellite imagery, street map or a hybrid version by selecting the correponding button in the top right hand corner.
Evergreen Historic Plaques
There’s an opportunity for contributor properties in the Evergreen District to purchase a bronze historic plaque for their home. The first plaque ordered through this program was recently installed. The plaques are a standard size, bronze in color and with a standard narrative. Also included is the year of construction and either your street address or the historic name as it appears on your Historic Property Inventory form.
If interested in one of these prestigious plaques, please contact Laura Blakeman in the Planning Department 421-8630. The Historic Preservation Commission will place the order and deliver the plaque to you. The cost is $345.
Harbor Freight Tools Donates Historic “TOOLS” Sign to Historic Preservation Commission
Harbor Freight Tools opened a new store in Casa Grande in October 2014 at 1484 E. Florence Blvd. The new store occupied the former Co-op building, which sat vacant for many years.
As part of their renovation, the company replaced the old “Tools” sign with the new Harbor Freight Tools sign and donated the old sign to the Historic Preservation Commission. The historic sign was delivered to the Casa Grande Valley Historical Society on Friday, October 3, 2014 where it will remain on display until a future use for it has been identified. The Historic Preservation Commission plans to use the sign for some type of civic and/or community project.
Thank you Harbor Freight Tools for helping us save another piece of Casa Grande’s history!
Townsite Maps and History Plaques
In 2012 the Casa Grande Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) developed a three phase program to celebrate the State’s Centennial and to create an awareness in the community of Casa Grande’s rich history.
The first project was a bronze plaque with a replica of the Original Townsite Map (recorded July 19, 1890) on a pedestal. This project was dedicated on February 5, 2013 and is located on the southwest corner of 3rd Street and Florence St. The purpose of the plaque and pedestal is to highlight Casa Grande’s history in a public setting for everyone to enjoy.
The second project is a Limited Edition of 250 16” x 20” Original Townsite maps on parchment paper. The sales from these maps are funding the third project (History Plaques). These maps are an outstanding historical keepsake and are being sold at seven downtown locations for a $10.00 donation (frame not included):
- Adventures in Stained Glass- 413 N. Florence St.
- Casa Grande Dispatch – 200 W. 2nd St.
- Casa Grande Main Street – 210 W. 2nd St.
- Casa Grande Valley Historical Society – 110 W. Florence Blvd.
- International Minute Press – 703 N. Walnut Ave.
- Old Town Custom Framing & Gifts – 719 N. Center Ave.
- Western Trading Post- 403 N. Florence St.
The third project is History Plaques for downtown buildings. This project was encouraged by comments from public meetings on what items of interest the community would like to see in the downtown. The commission felt keeping the history of our downtown buildings alive would be an excellent preservation educational project.
According to Historic Preservation Commission Chairman, Marge Jantz, who spearheaded the projects, the Casa Grande Dispatch was asked if they would take the lead and order the first plaque. “They eagerly agreed to do so and that plaque will be placed on the Casa Grande Dispatch building at 200 W. 2nd St. which in 1951 was built as the ninth United States Post Office in Casa Grande.”
Two additional history plaques, partially funded by the Townsite Map fund, will placed on Merle Norman Cosmetics and Day Spa (Sprouse-Reitz Building) and the Western Trading Post (George Y. Wah Complete Market Building).
“These two plaques will deplete our little bucket of money so we are looking forward to the Townsite Maps catching on so we can have donations available to help fund more history plaques for the downtown.” The commission has plans to partner with Main Street on the history plaque project.
For continuity, all the plaque programs are the same style. The history plaques are a rich brown and bronze in color matching the Original Townsite map plaque. The historic plaques are forest green and the Casa Grande Main Street project plaques are blue.
The Casa Grande Historic Preservation Commission developed a Historic Plaque program in 2001 and subsequently 28 plaques are on properties that have been placed on the Casa Grande Historic Register and the National Register of Historic Places.
Planning and Development Department
510 E. Florence Blvd.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122