ASU Shapes Tempe

Arizona State University has changed significantly from its founding at the Arizona Normal School, early in the 20th century. The story of ASU's transformation reveals much about changes in American higher education as well as about Tempe and the broader landscapes of the Phoenix-Mesa metropolitan region. We get a sense of how the campus has changed, how it might have been experienced differently in the past, as well as about the changes in American universities. More broadly, though ASU has changed with the region, and sought to shape the region's growth and development. It has played a vital role in that change, and we see that influence as well. This tour takes us through both the University's history but also through its connections to the community and the region.

Fraternities at Arizona State University are currently housed in the Greek Leadership Village with sororities, but they once lived along Alpha Drive near the stadium. In the early 1960s, when the homes on Alpha Drive were constructed, according to Mark Pry there were a total of “nineteen chapters…
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The Mexican-American War and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo that ceded much of what would become the American Southwest to the United States set in motion a long process of transformation. Many “aspiring landowners” knew of the fresh land and acts such as the Gadsden Purchase further pushing such…
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The area in Tempe between College Avenue and Veterans Way, on the northside of University Drive, is currently home to several Arizona State University (ASU) buildings such as the Fulton Center, Mona Plummer Aquatic Center, as well as several popular restaurants. The triangular shaped area has also…
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Dedicated in 1966, the Charles Trumbull Hayden Library stands at the center of the Arizona State University Tempe campus. Presently under renovation, the Library's unique and changing architecture--including an underground entrance and lantern skylight protruding from the lawn--seeks to create a bridge between past and present on the campus.
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In 1926, well-known architect Frank Lloyd Wright was called to Phoenix to help with the building of the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. This was the beginning of Wright's long relationship with Arizona. In the early 1960s, Arizona State University President Grady Gammage wanted Wright to bring a new…
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The Victory Acres neighborhood of Tempe highlights the unique story of Mexican-American suburbanization. La Victoria, a tight-knit, predominantly Mexican American, community, emerged during the post-War growth of Tempe and the surrounding region. La Victoria is the story of the perseverance of…
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Tour imagined in Fall 2018 by students in HST 485 (History in the Wild): Sophia Bonacorda, Kaitlyn Burnham, Mandy Hall, Jason Horn, Austin Keating, Nicole McCanless, Cody Smith, Rachel Stever, Brittney Sweet, Hugo Villagrana. The team wishes to thank the Tempe History Museum--especially Josh Roffler and Jared Smith, Jay Mark, the ASU Libraries--especially Ed Oetting and Robert Spindler, Dr. Christine Marin, and David Schaetzle.