East Valley Tribune:
L. Ron Hubbard had a restlessness that led to a lifetime of traversing the globe. So it was scarcely three years that the eclectic writer and adventurer lived at his “House on Camelback.” That modest home on 44th Street in Phoenix, recently restored to how it looked in 1952, is regarded as a religious historic site – the birthplace of Scientology.
“For it was here that he developed the first exteriorization process and advanced fully into the realm of the human spirit, and here that the religion of Scientology was born” is how the church describes the home, 5501 N. 44th St., now open to private tours.
“There was meticulous work to restore it back to its original state,” said Marlyse Brock, who oversees care of the house, leads tours and does public relations for the church. In June, the restoration work earned a Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award.
A 55-year-old photo of the house with Hubbard standing on the porch and Camelback Mountain in the background matches what the house looks like today, even with a 1947 Buick Super 8 parked outside. It was characterized as a “humble, little ranch-style house out in what was then the desert outside of town.”>> more
The first time I heard about this event was at an international Scientology event hosted by David Miscavige. I’ve been meaning to go for a visit. This has inspired me to make a call and take a long weekend (well, maybe I’ll wait a bit longer till the temperature descends from the over 100 degree mark!)