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Smurthwaite House

        The historic Smurthwaite House, designed by James M. Creighton and built in 1897 for $2875, is an excellent example of Shingle style architecture.  In addition to the Rosson House, it is one of the few remaining nineteenth-century buildings in Phoenix.

      Originally intended for use as a boarding house, it was sold in 1903 to Captain Trustrim Connell and his wife Anne as a private residence.  In 1938, Anne Connell deeded the house to Caroline Smurthwaite, whose husband Charles was a collector and dealer in Native American art.  Their daughter Carolann owned the house until her death in 1982, when her will requested that it be preserved and enjoyed by the public.  

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     The house was donated jointly to the Phoenix Art Museum, The Museum of Northern Arizona and the Heard Museum.  The three museums then offered it to the City of Phoenix, which currently maintains the house and the Pioneer & Military Memorial Park adjacent to it.

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       In 1991, the Heritage Fund approved a grant of $50,000 to restore Smurthwaite House.  In 1994, the 3000-square-foot dwelling made a landmark journey of 26 city blocks from its original site at 602 North Seventh Street to its current location at 1317 West Jefferson Street.  Restoration work began in May, 1998, and was completed in June, 2001.  On May 17, 2001, Smurthwaite House was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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    The first floor of the house is furnished in late Victorian style, thanks to generous contributions by donors. Smurthwaite House serves as an archival library for information regarding historic cemeteries throughout Arizona and also as the headquarters for the non-profit Pioneers' Cemetery Association, Inc.

       For a tour of the Smurthwaite House, Pioneer & Military Memorial Park, or for further information, please email

      For a list of other historic properties in Phoenix, go to the City of Phoenix Historic Register.


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