​Historic Preservation Story Maps and Videos​

Phoenix has a variety of historic resources that illustrate the city’s story including unique ethnic heritage properties, the last vestiges of Phoenix’s 19th-century buildings, and interpretation for buildings no longer present. We have curated a collection of interactive tools to provide virtual and up-close experiences with our historic resources.

Below are links to publications, such as videos and ArcGIS story maps, that highlight Phoenix’s historic resources. For more information regarding eligible properties within the city, please contact the Historic Preservation Office.


Ethnic Heritage StoryMaps: 

In the mid-2000s, the Historic Preservation Office commissioned inventories of ethnic heritage properties within the City of Phoenix.  The results of those surveys have been published and are also available on our website. We have since built upon the survey information to create a tool that engages with the public in an interactive way as well as including properties that have since become eligible. The story maps will continuously evolve with new additions, so be sure to check back for updates! ​


Tour Phoenix's Asian American Heritage

The story map allows for a virtual tour of Phoenix's rich Asian American heritage from anywhere.  Inventoried in 2007, view the properties and people that influenced the development and history of the city.​




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The below video tells the story of the Asian Heritage in Phoenix through historic properties, some that are still standing today.

Tour Phoenix's African American Heritage

​Completed in 2004, the African American Historic Property Survey documented many important places to Phoenix and its African American heritage.  Explore the properties and stories of these places and the people who made a mark on their communities, shaping the city we see today. 


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​The below video tells the story of the African American  Heritage in Phoenix through historic properties, some that are still standing today.


Tour Phoenix's Hispanic Heritage

​The influence of Hispanic heritage in Arizona dates back several centuries. The area that includes present-day Arizona existed as the northern frontier of New Spain and later Mexico, until the end of the Mexican-American War in 1848.  The Hispanic Property Survey was completed in 2006.



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