To all Tempe City Council members,
I am very concerned about the uncertain future of the former Valley National Bank Building on Apache Boulevard.
This geodesic dome is unique in the city and part of a larger building program that permanently shaped the architectural and financial history of the Phoenix Metro area.
The Phoenix metro area is currently gaining a high national profile as a MCM (mid-century modern) mecca. We can all benefit by helping maintain and build on this image. We will all lose if this building is lost.
Please ensure that ASU and Tempe set a high standard among developers and within the preservation community by creating an active program of preservation for this site.
Let me know what I can do to assist in the preservation of this landmark structure, and please keep me apprised of its status.
Kathryn J. Bennett
member National Trust for Historic Preservation
member Modern Phoenix Network
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