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Renovated, relocated Morin House now houses downtown Phoenix office

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Dan Klocke in front of renovated (and moved) Morin House (photo: Michael Schennum, Arizona Republic)

[Source: Jahna Berry, Arizona Republic] — The newly restored 100-year-old Morin House is standing tall in a new neighborhood.  Two years ago, Phoenix resident Dan Klocke put the historic house on the back of a flatbed truck to prevent developers from tearing it down.  After more than $900,000 in renovations, the building is now an insurance office.  It sits on a bustling downtown Phoenix block with restaurants, apartments and businesses.  “This (project) is preserving some important history in Phoenix, filling in a gap in the neighborhood and bringing some life into Phoenix,” Klocke said.

The renovated house got its first tenant, a regional Aflac office, in May. The milestone caps a two-year odyssey for the 1909 building.  The two-story brick home originally stood at 1115 N. Second St., and was once owned by M. Edward Morin, owner of the Phoenix Bottling Works, a major employer at the time. The house’s former owners opposed the city’s 2004 effort to put the property on the city’s historic register.  Later, they made plans to put the house up for sale and asked the city for a demolition permit. But the owners also were willing to give the house away to anyone who wanted it. “So I got the house for free, but it wasn’t free to move it,” Klocke said with a laugh. [Note: To read the full article, click here.  To view a slide show on the building’s move, click here.]

Celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Phoenix’s Morin House, April 29

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Morin House in its original location.

Come celebrate the 100th anniversary of the M. Edward Morin House, Wednesday, April 29, 2009:

  • Open House ~ 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Short Program ~ 6 p.m.

Originally located at 1115 N. 2nd St. in the Evans Churchill neighborhood, this threatened historic structure was moved through the streets of downtown Phoenix during the wee hours of September 8, 2007 to its current Roosevelt neighborhood location.  Owner Dan Klocke has rehabilitated the structure to its former glory as office space, and he invites you to see the final product.

RSVP here.

Project Description

The M. Edward Morin House was built in 1909 and is one of a handful of two story brick homes from that era in all of Phoenix.  Morin and his wife D’Etta were the owners of the Phoenix Bottling Works at the turn of the last century and built the home as a testament to their hard work.  The 2.000 square foot house employs a unique blend of Queen Anne massinq, featurinq an octagonal projection at the south end, with Colonial Revival ornamentation, including a classical entablature supported by Ionic columns.  Craftsmen details are also present, such as overhanqinq eaves with exposed rafter ends.

The property was a sinqle family home until the late 1930’s, served as an apartment for many years, and until recently was an office and home to Orcutt Winslow Architects.  Threatened with demolition, the current owner moved the house from 2nd Street and Moreland to its current site.

While all of the floors, windows, and character pieces have been restored, the electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems are all brand new. The first floor has restored leaded glass windows and woodwork in the lobby, front room, and large back room, complete with massive pocket doors.

Rehab work re-starts on Phoenix’s historic Morin House

[Source: City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Office] — Work has begun again on the Morin House, a historic relocated house now located at 621 N. 5th Avenue in the Roosevelt Historic District.  Previously, the City Council approved bond funds to rehabilitate the house at its new site but worked stopped several months ago when new structural issues were discovered. 

On July 2, the City Council approved additional matching bond funds to address the unanticipated structural repairs, and this work is now underway.  The rehabilitation work is slated to continue for the next several months, with a project completion date scheduled for late 2008.