Across from the old Hayden Flour Mill sits a building that was once known as the Tempe Bakery. The Hackett House is a fired red brick structure that still has almost all of its original material. This building was completed in 1888 and is actually one of the first brick buildings in Tempe. Brick would become a popular alternative to the standard adobe.

William Hilge, a German immigrant, was the first owner of the complex and he chose a prime spot for the bakery, opening it in 1888. Hilge was the first baker to deliver fresh bread and pastries for Tempe. He used his profits to invest in the cattle business and lived a prosperous life. Hilge suffered from bouts of "melancholy," what today would be called depression. He committed suicide in 1905.

The Craig family took over the complex in 1907. They moved to Tempe from Texas in search of a better life and converted the bakery into their home. Roy Hackett married their daughter and lived on the lot until the City of Tempe bought the property in 1974 from Mrs. Hackett. Today, the Hackett House is restored and is home to the Tempe Sister Cities organization.


Roy and Estelle Hacket, ca. 1920 Roy and Estelle Hackett, pictured here in 1920, were married inside the old bakery. Source: Photo courtesy of Tempe History Museum
Tempe Bakery The Tempe Bakery was moved from Maple Street to Fourth Street in an effort to preserve both the building and downtown Tempe. Photo courtesy of Tempe Historical Society. Source: Photo courtesy of Tempe Historical Society
Oktoberfest, ca. 1989 Tempe celebrates Oktoberfest in 1989 in front of the Hackett House. After 100 years, the building is still culturally significant to Tempe. Source: Photo courtesy of Tempe History Museum
Women in a kitchen, aprons "The Hackett - Let's Back It!" ca. 1988 These women in 1988 are celebrating the Hackett House's 100-year-old past by baking bread and wearing aprons that proclaim support for the historic structure. Source: Photo courtesy of Tempe History Museum.
Hackett House, ca. 1970s Over the years, the Hackett House became damaged and worn. Shortly after Tempe purchased the property in 1974, the Hackett House was fully restored. Source: Photo courtesy of Tempe History Museum.



Thomas Black, Jacquelyn George, and Salt River Stories Team, “Hackett House,” Salt River Stories, accessed December 1, 2023,