Our Mission: Historic Heritage Square, where the past and present ignite imagination.
We will fulfill this mission statement by:
Creating a fun and engaging destination in the heart of Phoenix, through preservation, education, events and memorable experiences. And preserving the setting and structures and presenting historical interpretations of the people and history of the square.
Rosson House Museum
This 2,800 square foot beautiful Eastlake architectural style Victorian home built in 1895 features ten rooms and five fireplaces. View what life was like for Rosson House residents of Block 14, owners and tenants, in early Phoenix during Arizona’s late territorial times all in its original location. Docent guided tours are every hour and last 45-60 minutes. Contact the Emporium, our museum store, at 602.262.5070 for the day’s tour schedule.
We preserve and interpret the Rosson House through collections and stories of the poeple who lived in the house and the City of Phoenix primarily for the time period of 1895 through 1915.
• Remember your Rosson House tickets & Heritage Square Emporium purchases help support the ongoing activities, events, docent programs and more of the Rosson House – Heritage Square Foundation (a 501c3 non-profit organization) of the Rosson House Museum.
Historic Heritage Square
Heritage & Science Park is a City of Phoenix Park which consists of Historic Heritage Square (home of the 1895 Rosson House and various historic buildings that house museums and restaurants), and The Arizona Science Center. The park is located on 7th Street and Washington in downtown Phoenix’s Heritage and Science Park. For more information on museum and park events please check the Events and Activities Page of this web site or call 602.262.5071. Did you know that Historic Heritage Square was selected as a “Phoenix Points of Pride” by Valley residents? The park is honored as being one of 30 unique places in the Valley to visit with your family on an enjoyable outing or as a special place to bring out of town guests.
Historic Heritage Square Museums, Shops & Restaurants
Rosson House Museum
The Rosson House was built in 1895 for Dr. and Mrs. Roland Lee Rosson at a cost of $7525 and stands today as it did then in its original location. A superb example of the Victorian style, the home was one of the most prominent homes in Phoenix. Purchased by the City in 1974, it has been authentically restored through the contributions of many individuals, groups and businesses.
Docent guided tours of the beautifully appointed 1895 Rosson House are held Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm and Sundays Noon – 4pm (the last tour on each day starts at 3:30pm). Closed August 19 – September 3. Reopens September 4 10am – 4pm. Tickets ($7.50 adults, $6 seniors (62 and over), students & military, $4 children 6-12 years old, Free 5 years old and under) may be purchased in the adjacent Ticket Office , Forest’s Carriage House. For more information on the Rosson House, or to volunteer call 602.262.5070.
Ticket Office & Museum Store
Forest’s Carriage House is one of only two buildings moved to Historic Heritage Square, originally located at 130 E.Taylor Street, it was owned by the Forest Burgess family. The building is all that remains of the Francis Marion Mognett Ranch dating back to 1881.
The Carriage House serves as the Rosson House Museum Ticket Office and Museum Store (602.262.5070). The Ticket Office and Museum Store provides unique gift buying opportunities for park guests along with tasty soft drinks and packaged snacks. Hours are Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm and Sunday Noon – 4pm.
• Remember your ticket & gift shop purchases help support the ongoing activities, events, docent programs and more of the Rosson House – Heritage Square Foundation (a 501c3 non-profit organization) of the Rosson House Museum.
This home was built in 1901 as a rental property by Constance Stevens. It was purchased by Edward Haustgen in 1911 for his sisters, Marguerite and Anna. Both this home and the Stevens House were owned by the same families until the 1950s. Marguerite Haustgen, a dressmaker, lived there from 1937-1952. It is considered significant for its representation of the historic California bungalow style built around the turn of the 20th century.
Now home to the fun and engaging Hands-On exhibits, a companion education center of the 1895 Rosson House. Come join the fun with historical hands-on activities and exhibits inside.
The Carriage House
This brick building, located in the center of Historic Heritage Square would have originally housed the transportation needs (horses/mules , animal feed, vehicles and harness) for the residents of the Teeter House…sort of a turn of the 20th century detached “garage”. The building was constructed around 1900 and has an upstairs storage area.
The building is being renovated as the Royal Coffee shop.
Arizona Doll & Toy Museum
This home was built in 1901 as a rental property by Constance Stevens, a widow and clerk in the local retail business known as the “New York Store”. The one story brick house was typical of the Midwestern influence and replaced the sun-dried adobe brick that had been used earlier. Of architectural interest is its unique roof system, an irregular belled hipped roof and double pyramidal roof over a projecting bay that raised the entire roof above the attic level 16 inches to allow space for air circulation.
The Arizona Doll & Toy Museum occupies the home now. It is filled with a wide variety of toys and dolls from yesterday as well as contemporary playthings and furnished doll houses. The scenario is constantly changing as Arizona collectors share their favorites. You will love the authentic schoolroom of 1912 featuring antique dolls as students. A fully stocked Gift Shop makes available unique gift items for children and adults who are young at heart. Museum Hours: (September – July) Tuesday through Saturday- 10am to 4pm • Sunday-Noon to 4pm. Closed for the month of August. For admission and tour information call 602.253.9337.
Nobuo at Teeter House
This house was originally built in 1899 by Leon Bouvier, cattleman and flour miller, and was also used as a rental property. Mr. Bouvier sold the home to Eliza Teeter in 1911, and she, in turn, rented the property until she moved into the house in 1919.
The Teeter House is now home to Nobuo at Teeter House, a Refined Asian-style teahouse by day, funky izakaya by night. The Teeter House reflects the fascinating duality of Nobuo Fukuda. Nobuo at Teeter House is open Tues-Thurs 11am-4pm 5:30pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sun 11am-4pm, 5:30pm-10pm. Closed Monday. For more information call 602.254.0600 or go to http://www.nobuofukuda.com/.
The Baird Machine Shop is now home to Pizzeria Bianco. Equipped with a wood burning brick oven, Chris Bianco creates pizzas and entrees made with his homemade mozzarella cheese, fresh baked breads and locally grown vegetables. Hours: Monday – Saturday 11am -10pm • Closed Sunday. Please call 602.258.8300 for more information & holiday hours.
The Thomas House was moved to Historic Heritage Square in the 1980s to save it from demolition. This 1909 neoclassical styled building makes a historical and charming addition to park.
The Thomas House is now home of Bar Bianco, a coffee house and bakery, featuring homemade bread and appetizers. Bar Bianco compliments neighboring Pizzeria Bianco. Hours: Monday – Saturday 11am -10pm. • Closed Sunday. Please call 602.528.3699 for more information.& holiday hours.
The Rose and Crown Pub at the Silva House
The Silva House is fine example of Bungalow style architecture with neoclassical revival references built in 1900 by A.F.C. Kirchoff, Phoenix liquor dealer, on land purchased from Flora Rosson. The house was sold in 1906 to Alejandro Silva, a Glendale rancher and warehouse owner. His widow and remaining family occupied the home from 1926 to 1977.
Offering sandwiches, a children’s menu, weekly trivia contests, and sports on Sundays. Monday – Saturday: 11am – 2am. Sunday: 10am – 2am
Please call 602.256.0223 for lunch hours and further information.
The Duplex &Offices
This building, the youngest of the homes on the block, was built in 1923 as an investment rental property by Anna and Marguerite Haustgen. In some ways it is the most typically Arizonan of the houses on the Square with its sleeping porches constructed with canvas and wood panels that were pushed out at night to let in the cool desert air.
The North Half of the Duplex houses the Parks, Recreation and Library Department’s Heritage & Science Park offices. The Heritage & Science Park Manager and Staff operate this area and provide details regarding special events, rentals and group tour scheduling. Information on downtown programs and events can also be obtained through this office at 602.262.5071.
The South Half of the Duplex serves as headquarters for the support organizations of Historic Heritage Square: Rosson House – Heritage Square Foundation and Guild. The Foundation & Guild sponsors events, provides educational programs and docents for the Rosson House. These offices are not open for interior viewing.
Our Neighbors in Heritage & Science Park:
Phoenix Museum of History/Science Center Annex
“Journey Into Phoenix’s Past”, highlights the innovation that has been a part of Phoenix’s legacy since its founding. The Arizona Science Center is proud to display historical artifacts in 5,400 sq feet on four levels. The story of Phoenix is also the story of how people have used technology to adapt to the desert. This new exhibition integrates history and science with historical artifacts from the City of Phoenix and the Salt River Valley Region. When you experience the past, it better explains the future. We invite you to explore these amazing exhibits along with our galleries to better understand current science, how we got there and where we may go in the future. “Journey Into Phoenix’s Past” is integrated in the main building at Arizona Science Center, and visitors can visit this exhibition with paid general admission.
All inquiries concerning the former Phoenix Museum of History collection should be referred to Chevy Humphrey, 602-716-2015 or Humphrey@azscience.org.
Arizona Science Center
Located next door to Historic Heritage Square, the Arizona Science Center has a variety of wonderful interactive science exhibits and programs, including a large screen theatre and planetarium for visitors of all ages. Open Daily: 10am – 5pm (Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas). For more information on times, exhibits and admission fees please call 602.716.2000.