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Glendale in Maricopa County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Main House and Guest House

 

—at Sahuaro Ranch . . . —

 
Main House and Guest House Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 6, 2010
1. Main House and Guest House Marker
Inscription.
The large house to the right, now known as the Main House, was the home of the superintendent who managed Sahuaro Ranch for its owner, William Bartlett. The oldest section, on the right, was built in 1891 as an office. In 1895 it was expanded and converted into a residence.

After Bartlett's son William was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1898, the house on the left was built to accommodate the family during the following winter, which they spent here in hope that Arizona's dry air would aid his recovery. Also in 1898, a second story and rear addition were added to the Main House and a veranda was built to connect the two dwellings.

The Bartletts only lived here one winter. After 1899, their temporary home became known as the Guest House.

When the Smith family bought Sahuaro Ranch in 1927, the Main House became the family's residence, while the Guest House was reserved for visitors and household employees. The Smiths remodeled the interior of the Main House and built a new patio of concrete and brick.

On the Ranch Today
The porch with balcony that you see here today is a reconstruction of the original 1898 veranda. The restoration, which was based on historic photographs, was done in 2004.

[Photograph captions read]
Many of the people in this 1900 photograph stayed in the
Main House and Guest House Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 6, 2010
2. Main House and Guest House Marker
Showing Main House and Verandah
Guest House. William H. Bartlett, the ranch's first owner, sits at the head of the table next to his wife, Mary Campbell Bartlett. Their sons sit on either side, William on the left and Norman on the right. Their daughter Mary sits on the left side of the photograph. Directly across from her is her husband, Charles W.C. Deering. The couple got married in the Sahuaro Ranch Rose Garden in 1899. (Photo courtesy of the Arizona Historical Foundation, W.N. Campbell Photograph Album, DW-84-91).

Here is the Guest House in 1899, along with part of the veranda. (Photo courtesy of the Arizona Historical Foundation, W.N. Campbell Photograph Album, DW-84-6).
 
Erected by Glendale Parks & Recreation.
 
Location. 33° 34.524′ N, 112° 11.3′ W. Marker is in Glendale, Arizona, in Maricopa County. Touch for map. Marker is near the Main House, at Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9802 North 59th Avenue, Glendale AZ 85302, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sahuaro Ranch Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); Adobe House (within shouting distance of this marker); Water & Power (within shouting distance of this marker);
Sahuaro Ranch Guest House image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 6, 2010
3. Sahuaro Ranch Guest House
Welcome to Sahuaro Ranch (within shouting distance of this marker); Fruit Packing Shed (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Foreman's House (about 300 feet away); Orchards (about 400 feet away); Irrigation (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glendale.
 
Also see . . .  History of Sahuaro Ranch Park. (Submitted on March 2, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Sahuaro Ranch Main House image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 6, 2010
4. Sahuaro Ranch Main House
Photo on Main House and Guest House Marker image. Click for full size.
W.H. Campbell Collection, AZ Historical Foundation, circa 1900
5. Photo on Main House and Guest House Marker
Rose Garden in Front of Main House & Guest House image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 6, 2010
6. Rose Garden in Front of Main House & Guest House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 2, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 749 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 2, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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