Modern Phoenix specializes in the primary source documentation of midcentury modern design in Phoenix. We also cover contemporary architecture and rehabilitations of old structures of the Modern era. We often acquire reprints of articles written and published elsewhere (sometimes long ago) with the author's consent. This page features our articles with substantial interviews and commentary by text, or in-depth photo essays. If you can't find what you're looking for here, try the Google Search on the right, or browse our
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Inventory and Map of Vintage Neon and Googie Signage in Phoenix
The Richert House
by Blaine Drake in Cave Creek
Archived Articles From Past issues
Bennie Gonzales FAIA: Modern Southwest Master
The Breech House by Ard Hoyt in Clearwater Hills gets a complete refresh for 2014.
You can see it today, or
compare then and now
Modern Adobe Home by Robert J. Peterson is demolished
to make way for new homes, despite being on 2013 "Endangered Dozen" list
by Al Beadle has been recently rehabbed into Melrose Marketplace
designed by Al Beadle was the pinnacle of casual dining in the early sixties
The HOA at
turns 90s Spanish back into a sharp 60s vibe
We take a trip up to see
Richard Neutra's Painted Desert Visitor Center
in Northern Arizona.
Alison King of Modern Phoenix receives the American Express Aspire Award
for emerging preservationists at the National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference 2013
The drama of saving the David Wright House is over. If we forget the lessons of the past, here's our
chronicle of the events
as they unfolded.
Remembering Frank Henry 1934 - 2013.
Includes biography and memorial information.
Our favorite buildings on the
wacky and wonderful West Side.
17th Avenue Parkwa
Garden Apartment District. Who even knew there was such a thing?
Ard Hoyt's House of Light
in Marion Estates was intended to exploit "All Electric Living" when electricity was cheap and abundant in his Gold Medallion Homes.
The Marion Estates neighborhood
is an enclave of custom, semi-custom and tract homes near the head of Camelback Mountain at 44th Street and Stanford Drive. Features homes by Blaine Drake, Ralph Haver, Al Beadle, and more.
, a polynesian themed subdivision by E.T. Wright
are a practical part of the architecture curriculum at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West
Phoenix's Street of Dreams:
The Visual Extravaganza that was Van Buren
Van Buren in the 1990s by Michael Levine
Our interactive map of Vintage Van Buren
Vintage Neon of Arizona by Jim Hale
The Phoenix Financial Center
by W.A. Sarmiento, a Phoenix Icon
When good intentions fall short of expectations: the new paint job at the
Bank of America makes 20th and Camelback
even more of a heartbreak.
The fiercely independent neighborhood of Sunnyslope celebrates its 100th year.
Discover the history and architecture of this charming hillside area.
Superlite Concrete Masonry Units
helped shape Phoenix into the concrete block capital of the world. The architecture that happened along the way is distinctly Phoenician, and modern by virtue of its cost and form.
by Ard Hoyt in Clearwater Hills was another home in danger of being scraped for something better. It's been rehabbed and is up for sale again. Help us find it a new owner.
5302 Doubletree Ranch Road
by Alfred Newman Beadle in 1955
The Van Ess House
from 1964 receives a landmark dedication in Arizona
There's a reason why
looks so funky in Phoenix. Meet James Salter AIA, lighting design virtuoso of the 60s.
Watch as the façade to
Beadle's 341 building
on Camelback gets scraped for something better.
Architect DK Taylor
settled down in Scottsdale and built a beautiful home in Paradise Valley. He even designed the Sandra Day O'Connor house, a work so distinctive it was disassembled brick by brick and rebuilt in Papago Park!
Modern Phoenix Week 2010
gave participants an interactive view into restored midcentury modern homes in Paradise Gardens, Paradise Valley and Uptown Phoenix.
Beef Eaters Restaurant
has been vacant for years. See what it looked like before Changing Hands and Southern Rail saved it.
Farewell, Mountain Bell. On September 27, 2009,
Phoenix witnessed the demolition of Al Beadle's Mountain Bell Building
. Our 360º coverage of the event includes historic photos, interviews with preservation specialists and the design community, a talk with Nancy Beadle and high-quality video of that fateful day.
The Stewart Motor Company
aka Circles Records by W.Z. Smith is the latest postwar modern masterpiece on the market in Downtown Phoenix.
Piecing Together Paradise Gardens on its 50th Birthday
. Al Beadle didn't want to be cited as the architect behind Paradise Gardens in North Phoenix, so why is he still getting credit 50 years later? David Tyda ventures out to set the record straight, and finds it's still kinda crooked.
A trip to the Getty Research Institute unearthed hundreds of
photographs of Arizona architecture by reknowned photographer Julius Shulman, and we brought over 70 of them back
. In loving memory, we present this tribute featuring his Arizona work rarely found in printed anthologies today.
Fred Guirey, FAIA,
designed some of the most unique homes in the Phoenix area, and much of the roadside architecture we drive by every day. And we just love it! Includes original photos from the 1940s, a roster of his built projects and an interactive map of his architecture in the Valley.
Calvin C. Straub, FAIA
inspired thousands of students in who attended his World Architecture lectures at Arizona Sate University. An accomplished architect in his own right, this "father of California post-and-beam architecture" fused the arts and crafts tradition with modernism and brought his special blend of design to Phoenix in the 1960s.
The professional portfolios of Haver, Nunn & Jensen
And Nelson. And Collamer. And Associates. According to his staff it was still
. View award-winning projects in Arizona (many of them long gone) including the Cine Capri theater, the Koko Club, First Federal Savings and Loan, Barrow's, The City of Phoenix Municpal Complex and Coronado High School.
The Scoville House by Blaine Drake: A Requiem in Shades of Grey
. How Phoenix lost a rare custom home to marketing, monsoon and miscommunication.
Tearing down the Arcadia / Camelback Legacy
The Hobza + Bageant remodel
in Ralph Haver's Marlen Grove
Jazz Standard, Track 2: Original Photos of The Lorna House
. View Shawn Kaffer's Haver home
it was transformed into a modern gem.
Holy Houses! Midcentury Modern Churches from the Iconic Age of Phoenix
Saguaro High School campus photos
before demolition in 2007
Charles and Arthur Schreiber: Modern for the Market
Walt Lockley's latest research into the work of the Schreiber brothers, architects of familiar tract homes of Village Grove, HIdden Village and Vilage Meadows. Includes printable souvenir PDF.
Al Beadle's Executive Towers
. in 1962 Alfred Newman Beadle designed the tallest highrise residental structure ever in uptown Phoenix. Join us for an insider's tour of this seminal work in Beadle's career.
Uptown garden apartments in the shadow of Executive Towers and the Clarendon Hotel
The Cedar Street Residence
building's date with demolition
Banking on Progress: The Valley National Banks of Phoenix, Arizona
Hoskin Ryan Consultants and Jack Black
Rehabilitate a Midcentury Modern Valley National Bank
Materials, Methods + How-To
The Guirey House gets some desperately needed TLC
after it's wood was painted over by an owner that just didn't get it. Glass-blasting was the answer.
The Summer of Sandblasting
. Three MoPhos relate their experience and advice on sandblasting block.
by Bill Tonnesen, Landscape Architect
Dress it up! Flooring options for midcentury modern concrete floors
Tour of the Superlite block manufacturing plant
Good Modern Fences Make Good Modern Neighbors
on Seventh Street (demonstration yard was demoed in 2007)
Research your midcentury modern home
using primary sources. A visual guide by Alison King with 50 minutes of audio by John Jacquemart
Road Trips Outside Arizona
Alison King has a revelation while
Learning from LeCorbusier
at his Studio/Apartment in Paris, 1931.
The Modern Mecca of
The Ticky-Tacky Boxes of Westlake, CA
Rice House by Richard Neutra
in Richmond, Virginia
Jane's Walk 2011
featured the Calle 16 business and mural district
Jane's Walk 2010 was bigger and better than ever
, featuring early industrial midcentury architecture by familiar names like Weaver & Drover and Ed Varney.
Save our Soleri!
The Santa Fe Indian School Armphitheater by Paolo Soleri Amphitheater is out of the woods but far from declared saved
Mezzo in Modern Phoenix
Cal Straub Alumni Reunion
at the Whiffen Residence
Phoenix Contemporary Design Fair 2008
Contact Design Show 2007
v2 Launch Party
, June 2006
A collaboration between Tonnesen, Inc. and the Kings creates a
modern steel fence around their vintage Haver Home
Contemporary Landscaping with Xerophytic Plants
by Thomas Park of Xerophytic Design
Dramatic New Landscape in Haver's Windemere
Mr. Natural's Desert Aquarium
in Haver's Marlen Grove
Choosing a Landscape Pro Who is Apropo
s, by Allen Kalchik of DesertDesigners
20 Questions with Environmental Designer Troy Bankord
by Alison King and Daniel Germani
Desert Landscaping Tips for the DIYer
remove your midcentury grass lawn
by Scott McMahon.
Delicious Ranchburger Makeover in Tempe
LOST IN STUCCOVILLE?
Looking for the treasure map of Matthew and Alison King's Top Ten Midcentury Modern Neighborhoods?
Download it here
[304 k PDF file]
Ralph Haver History
The Ralph Haver Archive
NOTE: Your favorite pages may have been moved and now reside in the archive.
Biography of Ralph Haver
Jimmie Ray Nunn FAIA: An Honest Architect
James Salter AIA: Design Director of Haver's Firm
Brief Chronology of Ralph Haver's life and work
Homes and Buildings
by Haver, Nunn and Associates
The definitive directory to all confirmed Ralph Haver neighborhoods we know of. If it's not in here, it's not confirmed.
The professional portfolios of Haver, Nunn & Jensen
. And Nelson. And Collamer. And Associates. According to his staff it was still
. View over 27 of the firm's award-winning projects in Arizona (many of them long gone) including the Cine Capri theater, the Koko Club, First Federal Savings and Loan, Barrow's, The City of Phoenix Municpal Complex and Coronado High School.
Do you have a Haver Home? Use our
Ralph Haver Taxonomy
to find out.
Growing Up Haver
all new and charming vintage photography
to update our classic oral history by Bucky Haver.
The wikipedia entry on Ralph Haver
, co-written by Modern Phoenix members.
A time capsule in Janet Manor
shows original finishes useful for future Ralph Haver restorations.
The Rancho Ventura Haver Hive in Town and Country 1 learns what it is like to build community in
Claudia Hartman's Story of RE
The Pueblo Bonita neighborhood
by Haver, Nunn and Collamer is chock full of triplexes and may be one of Phoenix's best-preserved 1960s neighborhoods. We've updated our page on the area with interior photos from two of the triplexes and all new exterior shots.
buildings by Ralph Haver's firm
Ralph Haver's Koko Club
was a swank hot spot near the Biltmore in the mid 50s
The Revlon factory
by Jimmie Ray Nunn FAIA still stands today, but now in lipstick red
, suspected to be by Ralph Haver
Ralph Haver's original
office building on Architect's Row
, long demolished
Country Club Apartments
by Ralph Haver in the late 40s
Marlen Grove radio spot on NPR
The Evertson House
in Marion Estates by Ralph Haver, a rare two-story "Swedish Modern" home
The Grebles Residence in the 50
s; a Haver tract home in Northwood modified by the Grebles Family
Jazz Standard: The Lorna House
. See Shawn Kaffer's transformation of a Haver Home in Starlite Vista. Published in partnership with Desert Living, includes audio with the architect
What happens when a savvy MoPho acquires Ralph Haver's own family home without the sellers knowing it? Pure ModPhx Magic.
History of the Hopkins House
, an original 1946 Ralph Haver brick home
Ralph Haver's Hopkins House updated in 2008
View Modern Phoenix website founders Matthew and Alison King's 1946 Haver Home about 2.5 years into rehabbing.
The back patio porch at The Hopkins House
is finally on its way to restoration after decades of enclosure.
St. Charles Vintage Steel Cabinet Installation
at the Hopkins House, a 1946 Haver design
Wrap-up of homes and events
featured during Modern Phoenix Week's Left of Central Home Tour in 2013, featuring hundreds of images for you to devour.
50 fun photos by fans on our 2012 home tour in Marion Estates
. Bandwidth alert: This page is very image heavy!
Jacob Lichner was the 2012 Photographer of Record for homes on this year's annual home tour.
See his take on three of the homes.
Modern Phoenix Week 2012
focused on the Marion Estates neighborhood and nearby homes of Frank Lloyd Wright.
fall tours for DoCoMoMo
and IFDA featured the Phoenix Financial Center, Valley National Banks, homes in Sunnyslope, Paradise Gardens and Clearwater Hills.
Modern Phoenix Week 2011
focused on the Sunnyslope nieghborhood in the north central mountains and foothills of Phoenix
Modern Phoenix Week 2010
featured midcentury modern homes in Paradise Gardens, Paradise Valley and Uptown Phoenix
The 5th Annual
Founding Fathers of Modern Phoenix home tour in 2009
featured the Uptown Phoenix and Arcadia neighborhoods including homes designed by Ralph Haver, Al Beadle, Blaine Drake, Calvin Straub, Ned Sawyer, Harold Ekman and Don Woldridge
4th Annual Modern Phoenix Home Tour and Expo 2008
featured Schreiber's Village Grove
The Central Arizona AIA Home Tour 2008
Rancho Ventura Fifty is Fab Home Tour event
2007, including audio of guest speaker panel.
3rd Annual Modern Phoenix Home Tour and Expo 2007
featured Ralph Haver's Marlen Grove
The 2007 AIA Home Tour
2nd Annual Modern Phoenix Home Tour and Expo 2006
featured Al Beadle's Paradise Gardens
1st Annual Modern Phoenix Home Tour and Expo 2005
featured Ralph Haver's Windemere neighborhood
2005 Tucson AIA Modern Home Tour
The 2006 AIA Home Tour
Guidelines for taking photos for ModernPhoenix
Vintage Graphic Arts
Photos from the Ernest A. and Billie W. Uhlmann Family Archive illustrate
the glory days of the swingin' Safari Hotel in Scottsdale
Photos from the Ernest A. and Billie W. Uhlmann Family Archive illustrate the
glory days of the Bali Hi Motor Hotel
Vintage postcards from the golden age of roadside hospitality
in the Valley of the Sun
They just don't make menus like they used to, do they? Nor can you get Prime Rib for three bucks anymore.
Chef Joe LaVilla's collection of vintage menus from Valley restaurants
showcases impressive and whimsical design.
Not only do we have menus,
we have restaurant ads, too
. Check out the charming signage, renderings and gimmicks used to draw midcentury diners in.
Our obsession with vintage graphic design goes even further as she shares her
favorite local vintage illustrations
Safari Hotel Vintage postcards
Village Meadows Brochure
from the early 60s
— Neon sign photography in Tucson in Kingman by Jim Hale
The Paradise Gardens marketing brochure circa 1960
, compares the model home illustrations to how the homes look today.
A Survey of Multifamily Condos and Apartments
in Central and Uptown Phoenix, featuring great design by familiar architects. Produced using resources compiled by the Historic Preservation Office of the City of Phoenix.
Vintage brochure of The Valley National Bank
by Weaver and Drover at Indian School and Central Avenue.
The Phoenix Municipal Building
put out a neat little brochure about their Haver and Varney-designed building to help educate the public.
The Lou Regester (now Copenhagen) furniture store
by Ralph Haver put out some swanky ads in its day.
Fifteen full reprints of the AIA's vintage magazine Arizona Architect from 1957 to 1959
in PDF format. Watch the Founding Fathers of Modern Phoenix debate, develop theories, party and gain national recognition for their architectural accomplishments. Reproduced with kind permission of the Arizona AIA.
1960s coverage of the award-winning Phoenix Municipal complex
by Ralph Haver in downtown Phoenix by Arizona Architect magazine by the AZ AIA.
A Student's-eye view of their brand new high school, Ralph Haver's Coronado High.
From the 1967 Cononado High yearbook themed "Our Town".
Multifamily housing designs by Ralph Haver
Extensive documents from a
1946 Ralph Haver home
as seen through vintage postcards including the Phoenix Municipal Building by Ed Varney and Associates, and the Phoenix Financial Center by W.A. Sarmiento
The Parade of Homes
circa 1956 and 1957, photographed 50 years later
Coronado High School 1967 Yearbook
scan of Ralph Haver's Architecture [PDF]
The Steel and Glass Man
by Gene Garrison, an Al Beadle interview from the 80s.
Architect of old Cine Capri left design legacy in Valley
By Johanna Haver
Retro Inspired Artists
by Artist Regina Alexandra
Steel Sculptor Al Glann
Jason Hill's Retro-Future Looks Bright
, an art exhibition and interview
Highlights from our Forums
Not sure what the
are all about? Education, urban planning, architecture, neighborhood associations, real estate, historic preservation, DIY and gentrification are all addressed here with a healthy sense of humor. And pigeons. Boy, do we have pigeons.
What happens when a savvy buyer acquires Ralph Haver's own family home without the sellers knowing it? Pure ModPhx Magic.
Reinventing the The Lorna House
. Ongoing discussion since 2004 about the role of the architect, whether architecture is supposed to be transcendent, and why Haver Homes are so darn neat.
Just when you thought all was lost, Project White Gates kicks it up again
. Find out what happens when a dozen strangers stop being complacent and start getting real (serious) about saving one of Al Beadle's early family homes.
Are Haver Homes Post and Beam?
Our community attempts to collectively settle this topic once and for all. Lavishly illustrated.
Anyone Else Sick and Tired of this Crap?
Conversation explodes in outrage over midcentury ranches being leveled and built upon in Arcadia and across the city.
The Battle for 44th and Camelback
It's been a long and tough battle, but we finally made an impact in preservation of Frank Henry's Valley National Bank design. The new condo proposal on the park space was DENIED by City Council.
The MoPho SinkHo
Find out what happens when a 60 year old cesspit septic system collapses in your backyard. Laugh out loud hilarious.
Be Careful what you Wish For
Michael and Stacy boldly go from bad to worse on their master bedroom renovation.
Washburn Piano Building Slated to be Demolished
Watch the story of Washburn unfold from the first mention of its threatened status in 2005 until the building's demolition in March of 2007. Includes gory photos of the demo at the end.
Second Story Addition on a Haver Home (April Fools)
We had everyone including our neighbor across the street believing this hoax. It caused quite a stir in the preservation community for the 24 hours it circulated. And yes IT WAS A JOKE!
I'm Having Pigeon Issues
Some humane and not so humane ways of dealing with those pesky modern pigeons that like to crap on our perky modern homes.
The Modern Phoenix Dictionary
. Crackerbox? Valeian? SoSco? Walrus? Get all the neighborhood vocabulary answers you need here.
Modular and Pre-Fab, would you buy or build one?
An excellent ongoing dialogue about infill, affordability and prefab in Phoenix.
Renovating a Haver Home -- Historical and Contemporary challenges
Attempting to answer the essential question of how much one owes to one's midcentury modern home's original integrity.
The House for Me?
Unearthing public opinion about neighborhoods and the role of the realtor.
The Notorious Animal House of Windemere Debate
. One of our best conversations when the market was at its peak and declining in 2005. It goes to prove that just because it is a Haver doesn't mean you can push the market.
Haver in the 'Hood for Sale
Putting the 'Hood back in Haverhood. Conversations and humor about a decidedly transitional neighborhood about to pop -- Rancho Ventura.
Shawn and Tiffany Danley buy in Windemere
. Another classic success story from a home search facilitated through ModPhx in the early days.
The Kings land the ultimate 1946 Ralph Haver Home.
A powerful success story that probably never would have happened without ModPhx in the first place.
What do Modern Phoenicians listen to?
A thread about the music we love. Find out how much you really do have in common with our clan!
Articles Hosted Elsewhere
Alison King takes you
Where Cantilever Meets Coyote: Postwar Architects in Post-Wright Arizona
Saving At-Risk Architecture
: Local modernism gets the spotlight during Architecture Week in Tucson
Three Architects’ Approach to the Arizona Desert
, including Judith Cahfee and Will Bruder
Simple, Contemporary Lines Perfectly Suit Couple
Remodels turn three foreclosure homes into gems
Rediscovering the midcentury modern look
A Modernist Update in Marlen Grove featuring architects Jim Koehler and Roberta Clay
Investors’ remodel turns Willo home into modern showpiece
Valley’s Midcentury Modern properties draw a following
Is Paradise Gardens a genuine Beadle design, or just suffering from Beadle Mania?
(From 2003, but still relevant)
The Buena Terror on
and Allan Gruber’s
of the same on YouTube
celebrates the Cine-Capri
A proper obituary for John F. Long
, the man who built up Phoenix
A Factual and Fictional history of the
Financial Center in Mesa
by Tim Boyle
History of Van Buren Street
, including lots of info on the modern era and its motels
History of Yesco
: the Young Electric Sign Company, responsible for much of the midcentury neon signage in Arizona
hotel doomed for demolition?
Joe B. Wong
, an architect who helped shape midcentury Scottsdale, on YouTube
Roadside Peek Arizona
has classic midcentury roadside architecture and signage
: Hawaiian living in Phoenix
Everyday Modernism in Phoenix
by ASU’s Dan Hoffman
by Nan Ellin
Postwar homes in Scottsdale
slated for historic status
Return to the Usonian House
by Matt Taylor
The Jocobs House
, a 1936 Usonian design and now vacation home in Wisconsin
Usonian Style at everything2.com
A. Quincy Jones and Pueblo Gardens
: The First Modern Tract in Tucson
The Photographer’s Right: Architectural Photography and Copyright
Homes with a History:
Phoenix architect Harold Ekman
Facades and gates
of Ralph Haver’s Rancho Ventura by Hector Acuna
The Desert Speaks
offers landscaping solutions for several climates in Arizona
Gammage Auditorium by Frank Lloyd Wright
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