Last week, while running an errand in the West Valley, I came across the most amazing commercial warehouse on the southwest corner of 43rd Ave and West Buckeye Rd. There is a central office area and a sign indicates it is some type of document storage facility, but the front door was locked and no one was around to talk with even though there were a bunch of cars parked out front.
Every detail of the property is so beautifully designed, right down to the lighting fixtures. The property appears to very well maintained too. It is definitely a standout in a sea of bland new structures and decrepit old buildings.
How serendipitous! What great timing! What you have found here, my friend, is a Revlon cosmetics administration and manufacturing plant designed by Jimmie Nunn of Haver, Nunn & Associates (not sure which third partner's reign it was under, will have to pinpoint date later.) As an architect with strong engineering background, Nunn specialized in factories, jails and schools -- buildings needing complex systems to help them run smoothly. We have a LONG article on Nunn coming out in September. May we use these photos in our report?
I used to work in the building until about a year ago. I had heard from some friends that the landlord redid the landscaping and repainted it.
Sometime ago (while I still worked there) I read on this site that the building was designed by Haver or his firm. I believe it has the same column design as the City of Phx government building (the one on the south side of washington) downtown, which I believe was also by Haver or his firm.
It indeed was a former Revlon manufacturing plant. The company for whom I worked only rented out a portion of the front office space, but there are two enormous floors of warehouse space in the back. There was also an adjacent warehouse that was rented out by the feds for office space during the 2010 census. Apparently, a lot of improvements were made to that space which accrued to the landlord.
The interior is largely intact with Revlon artifacts from various eras. There is a large custom light fixture in the lobby as well as enormous pictures of Cindy Crawford and Halle Berry. It was slightly creepy to be greeted by their giant faded pictures each morning. There's also a chemistry lab inside that looks like people just got up and left one day. Abandoned coffee pots, mugs, and all. Very creepy.
I always worried that the building would be torn down one day. The location isn't all that desirable, and, at the time I worked there, the landlord was having trouble with some of the systems in the building (plumbing, A/C). Repairs were made promptly, though. Hopefully the exterior refresh is a sign that the building is here to stay.