Session Descriptions for 2019 AZ Historic Preservation Conference

Legislative Update

Presenters:  Christopher Cody, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer and Caroline Klebacha, Arizona Archaeology Council

This session will feature a summary of recent legislative history and an update on current federal and state legislative initiatives affecting preservation. The Arizona Heritage Fund, the federal Historic Preservation Fund, and the Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act will all be discussed.
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The “Fantastic Four” Funding Approaches for Preservation

Presenters:  Jim McPherson, Arizona Preservation Foundation; Marc Schultz, Snell & Wilmer; Demion Clinco, Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation; Lani Lott, Arizona Heritage Alliance; Bob Cothern and Ann Hutchinson, Black Canyon Heritage Park

Learn about four different funding approaches for supporting historic preservation projects. This half day workshop takes a deep-drive into the new Opportunity Zones and the realities around using this approach for a project. Discuss the value of always looking at leveraging federal tax credits as an option for supporting a project as well as update on legislative initiatives to support preservation. Members of the Arizona Heritage Alliance will provide an update on the Arizona Heritage Fund. The Black Canyon Heritage Park, also the home to the Black Canyon City’s Historical Society,  Museum and Visitor Center, will share their story and the type of funding that they have used in the past as well as the funding approaches for current operations of the Park.
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Current Issues with the National Register of Historic Places in Arizona: The Historic Sites Review Committee (HSRC) Weighs In

Moderator: Teresita Majewski, Chair, HSRC
Presenters: HSRC Members and William Collins, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer

The Historic Sites Review Committee (HSRC) meets three times per year to review National Register nominations and make recommendations to the State Historic Preservation Officer regarding those nominations and other related matters. This year, we invite you to join us as HSRC members share their thoughts and observations in a panel format about issues that have arisen over the past year. The audience will then be invited to contribute their insights on the topics discussed.
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Shaping Public Policy: Making Preservation Work in Your Community

Moderator: Victor M. Linoff, Mesa Preservation Foundation
Panelists: Mayor Doug Von Gausig, Town of Clarkdale; Danny Smith, Supervisor District 3, Graham County; Mayor Jen Miles, City of Kingman; Councilman Phil Goode, City of Prescott

In a lively, moderated discussion, a distinguished panel of policymakers will address effective strategies, and pitfalls, for achieving successful preservation efforts in local communities. Decision-makers are often seen as the biggest obstacle toward attaining good preservation policy. This session will help turn adversaries into allies by addressing issues from the “inside” — with policymakers who have demonstrated a commitment to historic preservation and an ability to make it work within often challenging political milieus. Developing policies that support a positive preservation ethic will assure the future of historic assets within communities.
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Then and Now: The Evolution of Historic Theaters

Facilitator: Lani Lott, Arizona Downtown Alliance

A panel of community advocates will each share the passion, civic engagement, current status of their cherished historic theatres, and “next steps’ to foster their future redevelopment. The theatres showcased will include the Beale Street Theater in downtown Kingman and owned by the Center for the Arts; the Safford Theater in downtown Safford owned by the Gila Valley Historic Preservation Committee and the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center in downtown Prescott.
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The Magma Copper Company Smelter at Superior, Arizona

Presenters: Scott O’Mack, Becky Caroli, Jack Taylor, and Avi Buckles, WestLand Resources, Inc.

In 2018, WestLand Resources carried out historical and architectural documentation of the abandoned Magma Copper Company smelter at Superior, Arizona. Built in 1922–1924, the smelter operated continuously until 1971. Many of the original smelter structures were subsequently removed, but in 2018 some of the largest structures, including the towering brick smokestack, were still in place. WestLand conducted archival research into the history of the smelter, field documentation of the extant structures (including drone photography), and oral-historical interviews with former smelter workers. The results have allowed an informed interpretation of the construction and use of individual smelter structures. The project has also helped Resolution preserve an important part of the history of Superior, a community with great pride in its mining heritage.
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Tribal Historic Preservation – How IS Business?

Presenter: Dr. Valerie Grussing, National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, Inc. (NATHPO)

Tribal Historic Preservation practitioners are charged with a bigger task than non-native preservationists, and work with fewer resources. Where we come from is a universally important part of the human experience, but for indigenous peoples, heritage includes ancestors, knowledge, and practices that are inextricably bound to land, water, and resources – and indeed individual, community and ecosystem survival.
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State of the Art: Archaeological Field Data Collection in the 21st Century

Steve Swanson, Environmental Planning Group
Daniel Garcia, SWCA Environmental Consultants

Archaeologists collecting field data in Arizona and surrounding states employ a variety of digital solutions for spatial and attribute information. This moderated panel will discuss the “state of the art” in digital field data collection, including hardware and software platforms, costs/benefits, spatial accuracy and precision, backup strategies, security issues, and agency data format requirements.
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CRM Permitting in Arizona: Navigating the Quagmire of Bureaucracy

Presenter:  Dr. Lauren Jelinek, Bureau of Reclamation

The Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission, with the assistance of the AZ SHPO, is developing an educational program for students, faculty, and professionals interested in expanding their knowledge of Cultural Resource Management in Arizona. This program encompasses multiple units that will be made available to the public at no cost via an online platform.
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Stratifying Archaeological Project Data into Digital Layers for Compliance, Land Management, and Public Education in Pima County, Arizona

Presenter:  Ian Milliken, Pima County Government

In 2014, Pima County developed a dynamic geographic information database system for cultural resources management that has become the primary vehicle for synthesizing 34 years of discrete paper records into a series of digital layers and files that has directly facilitated responsibilities related to compliance, land management and public education.
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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Taking a Remediation Project from Project Design to Implementation while Protecting Significant Cultural Resources within a Sacred Site and Landscape

Presenters: Christopher Harper, Fort Mojave Indian Tribe / AhaMakav Cultural Society; H. Jill McCormick, Quechan Indian Tribe; Nora McDowell, Fort Mojave Indian Tribe; Dawn Hubbs, Sunrise Consultation, LLC.; and Jennifer Darcangelo, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Through a combination of presentations and panel discussion, the participants will explain the multi-year process necessary for integrating cultural resource protection into the design and implementation of a groundwater remediation project within a sacred cultural landscape…
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Doing the Right Thing: The Challenges and Triumphs of Historic Preservation Commissions, Non-Profits, and Avocational Archaeologists in Preservation of the Past

Presenters: Kathryn Turney, Yavapai County Public Works Department; Ken Zoll, Verde Valley Archaeology Center; Mayor Tim Elinski, City of Cottonwood

Let's face it... While an integral part of preservation of the past and often through heroic efforts, Historic Preservation Commissions, non-profit support groups and owners of historic properties throughout Arizona often have challenges such as lack of funding...
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Repairing the Retaque Corrals at the Historic Canoa Ranch

Presenter: Simon Herbert, Pima County

Considered the finest example of retaque fence in Southern Arizona, this session explains how a dedicated team of staff and volunteers at the Pima County-owned historic ranch have been saving the intricate corral system from…
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Forest Service/Tribal Collaborative Cultural Preservation Projects

Presenters:  Nanebah Lyndon, US Forest Service; Octavius Seowtewa, Zuni Cultural Resources Advisory Committee; Vincent Randall, Yavapai-Apache Nation Cultural Preservation Program; Nanebah Nez, US Forest Service; Bernadetete Cara, Ak-Chin Indian Community; Raquel Romero, Gila River Indian Community; Sarah Souther, Northern Arizona University. 

The Tonto National Forest Tribal Monitor Program (TMP), the Emory Oak Restoration Program (EORP), and the Forest Service/Tribal Traditional Plants Project (TPP) are collaborative projects designed to facilitate the sharing of information between the Forest Service and Tribes, and to address tribal concerns...
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Arizona’s Request to Assume Primacy Under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) – Tribal Perspectives on Ensuring Compliance with Federal NEPA & NHPA Section 106 Responsibilities

Facilitator: Alida Montiel, Inter Tribal Council of Arizona

Presenters: Sue Montgomery, Montgomery & Interpreter, PLC; Laura Bergland, Attorney General for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe; and Peter Steere, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Tohono O'odham Nation

The NEPA tribal consultation process is typically triggered when a federal agency initiates consultation under Section 106 of the NHPA...
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Arizona Historic Route 66 and US80 Bridges

Presenter: Jerry Cannon, Cannon Consultants, LLC

The historic bridges that remain define Route 66 and US80 as these two highways make their way through Arizona. Each bridge is different and they tell the story of this historic route through the state starting at the New Mexico state border and ending at the Colorado River. Along the way, we'll profile bridges that were restored, some that have been removed, and some that remain in use. These bridges, many of which can be still be visited today, serve as artifacts of these historic routes.
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Carrots And Compromise: Planning And Executing Successful Historic Preservation Projects: Part I

Carrots and Compromise: Planning and Executing Successful Historic Preservation Projects: Part I

Presenters:  Michelle Dodds, City of Phoenix; Deborah Edge Abele, Akros, Inc.; and Mark Abromovitz, Abromovitz Investment Properties LLC

The last historic preservation bond fund in the City of Phoenix was approved by voters in 2006. These funds included incentives to rehabilitate historic buildings and spurred significant adaptive reuse projects. However, as funds dwindled, and development pressures have continued to rise, the City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Office has worked to encourage preservation in redevelopment projects through partnership, alternative incentives, and compromise. Facilitated by City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Officer Michelle Dodds, this two-part session will include two different panels, each panel comprised of an architect, preservationist, and developer who will discuss the key elements involved in creating successful projects.
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Carrots And Compromise: Planning And Executing Successful Historic Preservation Projects: Part II

Carrots and Compromise: Planning and Executing Successful Historic Preservation Projects: Part II

Presenters:  Michelle Dodds, City of Phoenix; Robert Graham, Motley Design Group, LLC; and Roger Brevoort, Brevoort Preservation Strategies

The last historic preservation bond fund in the City of Phoenix was approved by voters in 2006. These funds included incentives to rehabilitate historic buildings and spurred significant adaptive reuse projects. However, as funds dwindled, and development pressures have continued to rise, the City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Office has worked to encourage preservation in redevelopment projects through partnership, alternative incentives, and compromise. Facilitated by City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Officer Michelle Dodds, this two-part session will include two different panels, each panel comprised of an architect, preservationist, and developer who will discuss the key elements involved in creating successful projects.
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Walking Tour of the Fort Whipple Historic District and VA Medical Center Campus: Historic Preservation in Action

Presenters | Guides:  Katherine Ferguson and Terry Boyd, Prescott VA Medical Center

This session is proposed as a short history and walking tour of the Fort Whipple Historic District and Prescott Veterans Affairs Medical Center campus. Roughly 50% of the medical center buildings are on the National Historic Register as contributing elements of the Fort Whipple District. The Prescott VA Medical Center is in a period of modernization and growth. The tour will include a discussion of current and future projects, and how the VA is using those projects to preserve and adaptively reuse the historic buildings, thereby preserving the integrity of the historic district while simultaneously allowing the VA to carry on with its mission of caring for America's Veterans.
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Marketplaces in Tucson’s Barrio Viejo – Four Points in Time

Presenter: Kathe Kubish, Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation

Today Tucson’s Barrio Viejo is a quiet and beautifully restored residential/office neighborhood. But a century ago it was a thriving blue-collar commercial district, catering to a mixed population of Mexican American, Chinese, African-American and Jewish residents. The gentrification of recent years obscures our understanding of how this vibrant mix of commercial and residential uses flourished here. Who were the entrepreneurs who provided these services? What factors led to their success or failure? How did external events – the Great Depression, two World Wars, the advent of the automobile, and shopping malls – impact these businesses? Highlighting four points in time – 1901, 1919, 1930 and 1945 – helps to answer these questions.
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More Than Architects: The Lives and Legacy of Kemper Goodwin and Michael Goodwin

Presenter: Don Ryden, Ryden Architects and AIA AZ Architectural Archives Committee

The 2019 session was created by the AIA AZ Architectural Archives Committee for its annual celebration honoring a significant Arizona architect (in this case two) whose collective lifework in documents, buildings, and ideas still have a profound influence on the communities they served and the architects who follow. The session approaches the overlapping stories of Tempe Father/Son Architects from perspectives of ground-breaking concepts and ideas in sensitively shaping the environment of midcentury Arizona. The relevant impact of Kemper and Michael Goodwin is demonstrated through the multi-faceted stories and artifacts created in architecture, politics, redevelopment, and art. These were men with ideas worth preserving for our time.
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Blaine Drake – His Mid-Century Modern Arizona Architecture, Julius Shulman Photographs & the Influence of Frank LLoyd Wright.

Presenter: Peter Drake

Blaine Drake, a student and member of the Taliesin School of Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930s, influenced by the designs of Wright’s Usonian buildings, began adapting those concepts for desert climates in the 1940s. Drake’s work, based on open plans, emphasizing local materials and light, shade and sun angles, became the basis for a four-decade-long career. This session includes internationally-acclaimed Julius Shulman photographs of Drake’s work, renderings, construction drawings, and images from national and international publications about Drakes’ design influence. The session concludes with the importance of archiving an architect’s life’s work and includes sources of historically relevant information and research techniques.
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Using Film To Build Sense Of Place: Voices Of Vail – Oral Histories To Documentary: Engaging Community In The Process

Using Film to Build Sense of Place: Voices of Vail – Oral Histories to Documentary: Engaging Community in the Process

Presenters: JJ Lamb and Gerald Lamb, Vail Preservation Society,

Connecting with the public is critical to the success of the business of preservation. If your organization has a story to tell that needs to reach a diverse audience, film is an effective medium. We will share learned lessons from creating the Voices of Vail documentary about how to boot-strap a feature film on a low budget while keeping production values high and engaging residents of all ages in the process. There is a huge difference between a short, snappy film created to promote, and a feature-length exploration of what it means to call a place home and why anyone should care enough to preserve it.
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Ignite: Preserving Arizona’s Neon Heritage

Presenter: Jude Cook, Ignite Sign Art Museum

Vintage neon signs are an important roadside feature dating from the heyday of Arizona’s automobile culture. Threatened by deterioration, ignorance and incompatible local sign ordinances, many disappear without a trace. This session will outline the process of preserving these signs, from acquisition to transportation to rehabilitation. Attendees will learn how to track the history of an individual sign and hear about preservation options, including adaptive reuse on-site and display in indoor or outdoor museums.
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The Negro Motorist Green Book is Everybody’s Business

Presenters: Clare Robinson, PhD, University of Arizona, Susan Bierer, North Wind Resource Consulting, and Douglas Towne, Arizona Contractor and Community Magazine

The Negro Motorist Green Book steered African Americans travelers toward friendly businesses during the final decades of racial segregation. Originally for New York, published listings soon expanded to include the United States. Few of the businesses listed in the Green Book are extant in Arizona but the sites and neighborhoods of businesses evidence Arizona’s mid-century automobile tourism and the geography of the State’s complex racial and ethnic past. Presenters will introduce the significance of the book; discuss extant buildings and the geographic scope of demolished structures; and consider the virtual preservation of Arizona’s businesses and urban areas welcoming of African American travelers.
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Baca Float No. 5: Fascinating History Of This 19th Century Land Grant And Now ORO Ranch

Baca Float No. 5: Fascinating History of this 19th Century Land Grant and Now ORO Ranch

Presenter: Douglas Sydnor, Douglas Sydnor Architect + Associates, Inc.

Historic Luis Maria Baca Float No. 5 is a 100,000 acre 19th century land grant that is now part of the ORO Ranch, which is northwest of Prescott or 35 miles south of Seligman. 20th century cowboys throughout the West considered the ORO Ranch the finest ranch of its size and the work in the early years was done as a “horseback ranch.” Ranch evolution since the 1860s and through modern times is quite a rich and amazing story. Ranch eventually grew to about 257,000 acres and running 2,500 head of cattle on its virgin grass lands. Ownership since the 1970s has kept the ranch closed to outsiders… however, the presenter had the opportunity in the Autumn of 1994 to enjoy a 4 day horse ride on the property with the Annual Scottsdale Charro Ride.
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Saving Pvt. Neon: The Struggle To Keep Its Glow Alive

Saving Pvt. Neon: The Struggle to Keep its Glow Alive

Presenter: Vic Linoff, Mesa Preservation Foundation

Cars, Federal highways and a gas called neon all converged at an historic intersection to dramatically change the American roadside landscape. But the last three decades have not been kind to neon. Local ordinances aggressively outlawed or discouraged its use. But thanks to the efforts of dedicated preservationists, times are changing. Rapidly disappearing from the landscape, identifying, restoring and protecting these unique resources have surfaced as a passionate movement. Today, visionary communities are recognizing the economic benefits of publicly displaying historic neon. Saving Pvt. Neon chronicles one city’s successful efforts to preserve this rapidly fading art form.
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Golden Years: A History of the Arizona Pioneers’ Home

Presenters: Allison Carlton and Kasey Fulwood, North Wind Resource Consulting

Located in Prescott, the Arizona Pioneers’ Home served as a retirement home for the state’s earliest pioneers. Since it opened in 1911, many of the state’s most notable and notorious inhabitants have resided at the home. Even today, its residents serve as a unique source on the history of life in early Arizona. This session will emphasize the inception and history of the Arizona Pioneers’ Home, discuss some of its most famous residents, and delve into its social and economic history and significance to the City of Prescott. Additionally, this presentation will discuss the potential of the Arizona Pioneers’ Home and its outlook for the future.
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Historic Recognition As An Advocacy Tool

Historic Recognition as an Advocacy Tool

Presenter: Robert Graham, Motley Design Group, LLC

Historic properties are frequently threatened by those who want to demolish or alter them without regard to their value to the community. If the property is not listed on the national, state, or local historical registers, many misunderstand the lack of listing to mean that the property is “fair game” for redevelopment or that the community is indifferent to its value. This discussion will explore ways that the National Register process can be used as an advocacy tool, sometimes without regard to an owner’s assent to listing of a property, by highlighting preservation efforts along Phoenix’s historic lower Grand Avenue corridor.
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Peeling Back Layers Of History: Restoration And Rehabilitation Of The Oldest Adobe In The Salt River Valley

Peeling Back Layers of History: Restoration and Rehabilitation of the Oldest Adobe in the Salt River Valley

Presenter: Robert Graham, Motley Design Group, LLC

The famed restaurant known as “Monti’s La Casa Vieja” contained at its core the historic Charles Trumbull Hayden house. With the oldest parts of the house dating to 1874, it is the oldest known non-indigenous building remaining in the Phoenix area. The house grew and evolved continuously, with incarnations as a hotel, a boarding house, tea rooms, and finally as a steak house. By the time Monti’s closed in 2014, the building had more than tripled in size, and the historic house was hard to recognize. This presentation outlines the fascinating development of the Hayden House as revealed by historical research and by careful removal of later additions, and looks to the future as the surrounding area is built up with modern midrise buildings.
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ABOVE AND BEYOND: One Woman’s Call to Duty and Making History

Presenters: Elisabeth Ruffner and Melissa Ruffner

In her later years, a married woman with grown children, Edith Macia who had regarded her birthdate, September 17, U.S. Constitution Day, as a significant guide for her entire life, was recruited by the FBI to infiltrate the active Los Angeles Communist cell as a member. She attended meetings for five and a half years and missed only three meetings. In reporting the rare meeting on the West Coast, of the House of Representatives Unamerican Affairs Committee, the LA Times reporter commended Edith Robertson Macia as the “sweet-faced, white-haired lady”, “and what a background to go with her appearance! Born in rootin’ tootin’ Leadville, then spending 40-odd years in blood-spattered Tombstone, hers was the story that always fascinates me.”
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Visit the Western Heritage Center: Preserving Our History and Heritage

Hosts: Dennis Gallagher and Robert Greninger, Prescott Western Heritage Foundation

Enjoy a visit to the Western Heritage Center without an entrance fee any time during the 2019 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference. It is the Prescott Western Heritage Foundation’s responsibility to share as much information with visitors as possible from Yavapai County organizations, helping to preserve the area’s history and heritage. The Center has more foot traffic than any other location in Yavapai County. It offers one of the largest collaborations of western and historical organizations in Arizona. The Center’s objective is to showcase all participating organizations in Yavapai County that preserve and promote our heritage; over 25 organizations in Yavapai County have been invited. The Center will also include an interactive touchscreen system, affording visitors an opportunity to select a logo directing them to specific organizational information.
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Casa Grande Neon Sign Park As Redevelopment Catalyst

Casa Grande Neon Sign Park as Redevelopment Catalyst

Presenters: Rina Rien, Marge Jantz, and Jude Cook, Casa Grande Main Street

The Casa Grande Neon Sign Park will be opening in Spring 2019. Ahead of the much anticipated event, preservationists, property owners and city leaders are engaged in proactive discussions to seize the opportunity for redevelopment and adaptive reuse in the historic downtown commercial district. We believe the park will serve as a catalyst for destination marketing and new evening entertainment, restaurant and bar options. The ULI TAP (Technical Assistance Program) will be coming to Casa Grande March 5th, 2019 with a panel of Arizona’s leading experts in this arena to provide perspective on the highest and best use, zoning, financing and key players positioned to take advantage of this emerging opportunity.
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Under That Stucco Box is a Lescher&Mahoney?

Presenter: Sherry Rampy, Brokers Hub Realty, LLC

In 2015, a building with all of the charm of a giant stuccoed shoe box with no visible openings (no doors, windows, or storefronts) along Van Buren Street in Downtown Phoenix was purchased by investors. However, research indicated it was a 1931 circa Lescher&Mahoney designed building. While completely ineligible for historic designation, the developers worked with the City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Office, Community and Economic Development Office, and State Historic Preservation Office to restore the property to create the Van Buren Entertainment Venue. This is the story of the building as well and the street it sits on in Downtown Phoenix including a discussion on the financial benefits of municipalities funding such work.
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