Ralph Haver's Campus Homes
neighborhood in Clark Park, Tempe
The main distinguishing characteristic of many Haver Homes in Campus Homes is the use of the 9-pane window next to the front door, which is a motif that is also used in the Camelback Park Estates neighborhood in Scottsdale. Some of these models, however, have higher-gabled roofs. Lisa has compiled a huge amount of primary source research on this neighborhood, including advertisements and oral histories, which we hope to be able to share in a future issue. Built in 1953, Campus Homes are the first example of tract homes built in Tempe. Thier community will apply for historic designation this year.
Field Guide to Campus Homes
On June 27, 1953, Del Webb opened up the model homes for the Ralph Haver-designed Campus Homes subdivision here in Tempe.
On that very day (a Saturday), the Tempe Daily News featured a two-page advertisement (pages 4 and 5) for the subdivision, which included drawings of the original six models, along with the original purchase prices of each. Later, two more models were introduced.
For anyone curious about the homes in Campus Homes, I've created a little spotters' guide here, giving the name of each floor plan, and a brief description.
Chieftain (later model, no price available)
Highlander (also a later model)
In addition, there are also a number of custom-built homes within Campus Homes, which do not match any of these floor plans.