Architecture in Chandler
Modern, sustainable buildings on one side of the street, and historic buildings from Chandler's early days on the other. You can see a century's worth of Chandler's architectural history with just a short walk or a short drive.
An architectural wonder in Chandler is the recently completed City Hall complex. On the modern end of the spectrum, the complex recently won a LEED Gold Certification. This certification speaks to the city's forward-thinking, earth friendly design practices. Visitors can request a tour of City Hall to find out more about its design elements.
Step across the street into the square of Downtown Chandler, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The architecture here speaks to Chandler's beginnings in the City Beautiful movement.
The square in Downtown Chandler was built in that style, which was popular in the 1890s and 1900s. A reaction to many cities' crowded tenements, the City Beautiful movement incorporated well-planned downtown areas with monumental grandeur. It produced a harmonious aesthetic, as is evident when you walk through Chandler's downtown with old-style lanterns and trellis covered colonnades.
Amid the Downtown Chandler shops, you see a mixture of history and desert-adapted landscaping. The Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort sits just off the square. This mission revival style hotel was designed by architect Arthur Burnett Benton.
Ranch Houses at Tumbleweed Park
South of Downtown Chandler in Tumbleweed Park is a complex with two ranch houses built during the city's early days: the McCroskey and Edwards houses. The ranch house complex shows Chandler's early architecture when it was an agricultural town. The small bungalows at Tumbleweed Ranch Park are typical of early Chandler homes. Built by early Chandler farmers between 1912 and 1917, the style of these homes is practical and simple. Many homes built were ordered from companies like Sears Roebuck, Montgomery Ward, or Aladdin.
Chandler High School
Another example of historic architecture is the original buildings of Chandler High School, built in the 1920s on Arizona Avenue just north of Chandler Boulevard. The high school's original two-story building, referred to as "Old Main," is in the Classical Revival style. Recently renovated, Chandler High School was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.
Chandler Center for the Arts
A world-class team of architects, designers, and acousticians designed the Chandler Center of the Arts. The superb setting, designed by Dr. Wendell Rossman of RSGS Architects, is an acoustical masterpiece. It provides superb sound quality for live performances. Patrons and artists alike have hailed the Chandler Center of the Art's acoustics as being among the best in the country and world.