This building was finished in 1920 and opened as the Chandler Theater. Later it was bought by another couple who renamed it the Rowena. The theater seated 600, and is a nice example of the Mission Revival style of architecture.
The Price Building was built in 1914 by David Jacobson, the first mayor of Chandler. It was named for Arthur E, Price, Chandler's first attorney and justice of the peace, and operated as a pharmacy for many years.
In 1918, Dr. Kramer M. Gilbert, Chandler's first doctor, had this building built and practiced medicine here for over 30 years. On the second floor of the building was the office of Chandler's first dentist.
This building housed the Arrow Pharmacy for almost 90 years beginning in 1918. The pharmacy was run by John "Doc" Weber and had a very popular soda fountain where residents of the town would gather for soda and ice cream.
There is a nice gift shop called Sibley's in old town on San Marcos Place where you can get more info about Chandler and buy gifts and postcards for the folks back home. One of the neat things is that they also have postage stamps for the cards including the ones for mailing cards to Canada and other countries overseas. The lady I talked to while I was there was very nice too.
There are two statues in the park: One of Dr. A. J. Chandler, who helped found the town, was the first veterinarian in Arizona and helped design and build the irrigation system that helped farmers in the area, and one of famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Dr. A. J. Chandler Park straddles Arizona Avenue between Buffalo Street and Boston Street through the main part of Old Town Chandler. The park is a nice place to relax and has long been the social gathering place for old town. The Christmas Tree you see in Photo 2 is a popular tradition in the town and is constructed of tumbleweeds.
Old Town Chandler runs mainly along Boston Street, Arizona Avenue and San Marcos Place. The entire old town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Chandler Historical Society has done a great job posting signs in old town telling the history of the buildings complete with an old photograph.
Like the rest of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area one of the things that attract people to Chandler is golf. The San Marcos Golf Resort is right by Old Town Chandler and offers fine dining, weddings and other special programs, luxurious acommodations and of course golf.
The Chandler Center for the Arts offers a wide variety of entertainment like plays, music, ballet, modern dance a other types of entertainment. The center is very active and widely supported by the community. Worth checking out while in Chandler.
So when in Chandler, you should not miss this place --- it is of course a mall, but it is really a very nice place to walk around in, especially for the ladies who love to go shopping (like my wife, hehehe)....But the kids also love going here to play in the playground and have some amazing treats at sweet-tooth stores,,,and of course, the place also has a Nordstrom where you can buy your brand-name sutff...local fashionable merchandise can also be found in the mall...
Chandler must be truly proud of this wonderful Arts Center which was opened in 1989.
It has been the venue for countless ballet and dance performances, Broadway shows and musical extravaganzas, most notably jazz. Truly a very family-friendly place located right in the heart of Chandler.
"The Chandler Center for the Arts is committed to supporting artistic excellence while engaging the entire community in new and exciting ways through an array of inspiring programs." This is their mission and they have not failed to deliver!
In the past year, more than 150,000 students of all ages participated in arts educational programs that enhanced their studies, presented new ideas, and enriched their lives.
So, when in Chandler, please support this wonderful center.
There are several classic car shows on weeknights in the Metropolitan Phoenix area - where owners bring their wonderful cars for exhibition and to be appreciated.
One of the more established meetings for car afficionados is right here in Chandler - at the Fulton Ranch Towne Center. And they are held on Friday nights from 6PM to 9PM.
My favorites are the 1955+ Thunderbirds and the classic Corvettes! What are yours?
Chandler has the the San Marcos Resort in the heart of its downtown, and if you walk just outside the resort and near the Dr. A J Chandler Park, you will chance upon a little fountain which has a Chichen-Itza-like pyramid water fountain...very relaxing place where you can meditate and think about things.
The kids of course just enjoyed playing around the fountains...
And, if you do walk on, you might even see stalls where people may be selling their artwork, jewelry pieces, crafts...specially during the weekends or during special festivals like the Jazz festival which we chanced upon...
We chanced upon a Jazz festival while we were passing through Chandler and went down an had a lot of fun!
The public park which we saw is named after Chandler’s town-square founder, Dr. Alexander Chandler. It is in downtown Chandler near the San Marcos Resort and numerous shops, galleries and restaurants.
It hosts many special events and concerts throughout the year, including the Chandler Jazz Festival, the Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony and the First Wednesday ArtWalk.
The city has over 50 parks! And a list can be found through your GPS in your car or through