Alfred Newman Beadleis one of Arizona's most respected midcentury architects working in the international style. The Beadle Archive, conceived by Shawn Augstinak in 2006 and now managed by Alison King at Modern Phoenix, has been substantially updated with the cooperation of Al Beadle's family and colleagues in the last two years.
Over 80 residential and 80 commercial properties exist, and several have been demolished, so only a fraction are shown here. Future plans for expansion include a complete timeline with years built, locations and proper names for all buildings, unbuilt plans and renderings, vintage photography and updated photographs of current properties. An interactive map of all properties will be made available as soon as privacy concerns are assessed, but a map of publicly accessible commercial properties and multifamily is now available. Contributions of photography and lore are welcome!
While a good deal of Beadle's body of work is remarkably intact, it is frustrating to see some of the buildings decay over the years, or their histories become swiftly forgotten. We're unearthing those tales again and hope that Arizonans recognize the work for its significance, then invest in reclamation and restoration of these iconc modern structures. Some may be close to too far gone, but we're not going to let them go without a fight.
As these structures come of age we urge owners of Beadle buildings to pursue historic designation of their properties through the National Register of Historic Places and/or City of Scottsdale, Tempe & Phoenix historic registers. If you're not ready to contact them, please reach out to Modern Phoenix for assistance in getting started.
Map of Commercial Buildings by Beadle NEW!
Commercial BuildingsIBEW | 1967 Professional Offices | 1978 Wosco Building | 1985 Amerischools Catalina Office AERCO aka Eaglerider San Diego Offices Broadway Plaza Southwest Desert Medical Center PBSW aka Melrose Market Missouri Medical Building | 1974 East Valley Children's Center 8808 North Central Ave. Totem Plaza Diese Realty Copenhagen Tempe Western Savings and Loan / Urban League Desert Industries 5th Avenue Medical Building | 1968 500 E. Thomas Road Mountain Bell | 1971 Farewell to Mountain Bell | 2009 First Federal Bank | 1969 Dietrich Office Building Bank of America Western Savings on Indian School
Multifamily ResidencesBridgewood North 40 Interior Bridgewood North 40 Exterior Bridgewood Mesa Residential Midrise Tower in Lombard IL The Moroccan Three Fountains | 1963 Executive Towers | 1963 The Boardwalk | 1963 The Triad | Case Study Apartments #1 | 1963
12th Street Apartments Day-O Meier Triplex Camelback Place Grandview Gardens | 1959
CREDITSThe Beadle Archive is made possible through the generous contributions of:
Single Family ResidencesKramlich House in California NEW! Barrett Residence in Desert Ranch NEW! Beadle House 1 in Minnetonka NEW! Kirby House in Clearwater Hills NEW! Barrett Spec House in Desert Ranch NEW! Breckwoldt House in Carefree NEW! Beadle House 4 Burton Barr Residence Kramlich Residence | 1959 Beadle House 13/ Shelor on Oregon | 1978 Gruber House | 1998 Uhlmann Residence Colachis Sr. Residence Fingado House II | 1958 5245 Bragiotti 5601 4536 | 1963 Beadle House 7 / Gossick Residence | 1955 Falconer-Loew Residence Tuckey Upham Residence Patrick House | 1973 7522 3741 White Gates / Beadle House 6 | 1957 Healy / Fearnow Residence | 1959
Tract HousingParadise Gardens
RestaurantsFerguson's Cafeteria The Flame and the Jungle Bar Scandia
HotelsGila Bend Motel UPDATED! Yuma Motel NEW! The Tropics University Park UPDATED! Safari Hotel
The Steel and Glass Man by Gene Garrison
For interactive discussion and information about Al Beadle's architecture, visit the Al Beadle Knowledgebase on ModernPhoenix.net.