|Photos by E. Groves|
|Duppa House, the oldest home in Phoenix.|
If this were just any old building, it might not matter. But the adobe structure at 115 W. Sherman is reputed to be the oldest home in Phoenix, constructed around 140 years ago.
Oh, if walls could talk, right?
|The back door of Duppa House|
The two bedroom Duppa House was the only building in the area when it was constructed, and it was probably impressive for its time. Now, it looks like a run-down ghetto shack with the Phoenix skyline rising behind it. The structure has been partially restored, with efforts focused on the dilapidated roof, where newer cottonwood branches and fresher mud probably manage to keep most of the rodents out.
Unfortunately, we can only imagine what the Duppa House looks like inside because the building is locked behind a fence and no longer in use. People used to be able to take free tours November through May, which included exhibits of period furniture and artifacts, but the phone number for Duppa House has long been disconnected.
The property is listed on Phoenix's historic property register, so it's not likely to be torn down. But given the state's current budget woes, it's likely not on the priority list for renovations and reopening, either.
So for now, the oldest house in Phoenix just sits in the middle of the city, so small and inconspicuous that most people don't even notice it. Stop by and see it sometime.The Duppa House is located at 115 W. Sherman, on 1st Avenue just south of Grant Street, next to an American Legion post.
|A side view of Duppa House|