If you’re buying a home for sale in DC Ranch, you’ll be glad to know that this community is close to a number of great amenities – shopping malls, grocery stores, fabulous restaurants and more. You’ll also be delighted to discover that we’re close to a few unusual attractions, too. Check out these three unusual attractions near DC Ranch that are worth exploring after you’re settled in.
3 Unusual Attractions Near DC Ranch
There’s always something to do or see when you live in DC Ranch, including these three out-of-the-ordinary attractions:
- The Eisendrath House
- The Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting
- Tovrea Castle
Here’s a closer look at each.
Unusual Attraction #1 Near DC Ranch: The Eisendrath House
The Eisendrath House (1400 North College Avenue in Tempe) is the former home of Rose Eisendrath – a Jewish woman who was once denied entry to an Arizona resort due to her faith. The wealthy Chicagoan was one of hundreds who loved the Southwest and fled colder climes to come here during the winter.
Originally called Lomaki, which means “beautiful home” in Hopi, this 5,500-square-foot gem in the desert overlooks the Salt River and the Superstition Mountains. Though the home fell into serious disrepair after Eisendrath’s death in 1930, it’s since been restored to its original condition; now it serves as a center where water conservation studies take place.
You can take a docent-led tour of the Eisendrath House, one of the area’s most famed architectural wonders, on Thursdays or Saturdays by contacting the Carl Hayden Campus for Sustainability.
Unusual Attraction #2 Near DC Ranch: The Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting
Located at 6101 East Van Buren Street in Phoenix, the Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting is really a hidden gem. Featuring restored fire trucks from all eras (including horse-drawn fire carriages dating back to 1865), the Hall of Flame has equipment from all over the world. You can also see what may be the world’s largest collection of antique fire helmets, which have been collected from the U.S., Europe, South America and more.
Perhaps the most important gallery in the museum is the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, which includes the names of every firefighter who has lost their life while fighting fires since 1800. You can even search names in the massive database using computer terminals located throughout the museum.
Unusual Attraction #3 Near DC Ranch: Tovrea Castle
Tovrea Castle, built to look a bit like a tiered wedding cake, is located at 5025 East Van Buren Street in Phoenix. This mysterious structure was originally going to be a resort hotel – but a few things got in the developer’s way between 1928 and 1930. First, the nearby Tovrea meatpacking stockyards caused an awful stench over that stretch of land; then, the Great Depression hit, and it didn’t take long for the owner to realize people didn’t have money for lavish vacations in the Southwest. The builder, Alessio Carraro, sold the “castle” and the 42 acres it sits upon to the man who owned the stockyards – Edward Ambrose Tovrea. Tovrea turned the would-be hotel into a private residence, but he died less than a year after moving in. His widow lived there until her death in 1969.
Today, the structure has been restored and offers periodic tours. You need to get in touch with the Tovrea Carraro Society to schedule yours.
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