Preserve a "mushroom" building?
Rob Robb, Arizona Republic, June 25, 2007
I spend quite a bit of time debunking claims that the Phoenix metro area is a backwater.
Interestingly, in the one area in which I don't think there is much of a defense, the claim of provincialism never seems to get made: What we choose to preserve.
The City of Phoenix is spending millions to preserve Tovrea Castle. That is inevitably described as the "wedding cake" building on a hill surrounded by lots of desert east of the airport.
Now there is a move to preserve the bank building on the southeast corner of 44th St. and Camelback. It was called in one recent news report, the "mushroom" bank. It's got a sort of circular shape, featuring a desert-beige exterior wall with rocks randomly sticking out from it.
Neither building is representative of any sort of architectural period in the Valley's history. Neither was the location of historic events.
Instead, they are both just goofy.
If individual owners want to preserve the goofy, so be it. However, there is no reason for public policy to make the mere peculiar immortal.
Online at: http://www.azcentral.com/members/Blog/94/2033 There's room for reader comment at the bottom of his blog.