Historic Glendale park buildings reconstructed after 2017 fires

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Glendale city officials unveiled reconstructed historic buildings at Sahuaro Ranch Park, 9800 N. 59th Avenue, which were rebuild after they were destroyed or damaged by a string of arson fires in September 2017.

The buildings damaged included the dairy barn (built in 1928); the blacksmith/machine shop (circa 1890); the stable/granary (circa 1890 and 1935); and some minimal damage to the scale house (1950s). Glendale police suspected the fires were arson, but never announced any arrests in connection to the fires.

A year and a half later, the buildings have been restored to their former glory after the city restored some buildings and completely rebuild others. The cost of the reconstruction was $331,870.

 To make the restorations reflect the era of the original construction, the city used materials and construction techniques accurate to the time, such as non-sanded lumber.

The historic buildings at Sahuaro Ranch are used for tours, weddings and other events for the public, which generate revenue for the city.

Editor’s note: Bette Sharpe photographs for GlendaleDailyPlanet.com.

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