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Kickoff Party at The Strip

In 2014 Bill Tonnesen and his partner acquired the Bennie Gonzales designed office building at the corner of 12th Street and Highland in Uptown Phoenix. Once a modern marvel of prestressed concrete tees, then slowly transforming over the decades into a stucco nightmare, Tonneson took the building down to its bare bones and built it back up, adding several feet of overhangs and landscaping to create a shadier experience. He invited us in to The Strip for a party to kick off Modern Phoenix Week 2015. The Strip by Tonnesen during Modern Phoenix Week 2015 The Strip by Tonnesen during Modern Phoenix Week 2015 The Strip by Tonnesen during Modern Phoenix Week 2015 The Strip by Tonnesen during Modern Phoenix Week 2015 The Strip by Tonnesen during Modern Phoenix Week 2015Tonnesen gave a series of short talks throughout the night to explain the process and concept behind The Strip's rehabilitation. The Strip by Tonnesen during Modern Phoenix Week 2015 The Strip by Tonnesen during Modern Phoenix Week 2015Of particular interest was the discussion on the financial challenges associated with midcentury property development.
<img src= The Strip by Tonnesen during Modern Phoenix Week 2015Tonnesen's crew demonstrated the life casting technique that will be used for the outdoor art installation. The Strip by Tonnesen during Modern Phoenix Week 2015Food trucks provided the night's fare, to be enjoyed al fresco at tables set up along 12th Street. The Strip by Tonnesen during Modern Phoenix Week 2015The prestressed concrete tees allow for huge expanses of space to open up without interruption. This is a quality we take for granted today but was revolutionary in the 1960s.

The Strip by Tonnesen during Modern Phoenix Week 2015
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