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Piecing Together Paradise Gardens on its 50th Birthday

By David Tyda

Al Beadle didn't want to be cited as the architect behind Paradise Gardens in North Phoenix, so why is he still getting credit 50 years later? David Tyda ventures out to set the record straight, and finds it's still kinda crooked.

The 6th Annual Modern Phoenix Home Tour in Paradise Gardens on April 11 2010

In 2010 we Returned to Paradise — a 1960s subdivision that is the only example of tract homes involving the input of Arizona architect Alfred Newman Beadle.

The Paradise Gardens Brochure Circa 1960

Includes all four models plus photographs of what the homes look like today

The Howell Home in 1961 and 1964

Shows what an original Paradise Gardens Saguaro Model looked like, including kitchen and bath!

Paradise Gardens Today

Our windshield survey shows that Paradise Gardens is still going strong after 50 years.

The 2nd Annual Modern Phoenix Home Tour in Paradise Gardens 2006

The revolution started long before we came, but our visit to Paradise Gardens in 2006 certainly accellerated things as Phoenix approached the rise of the real estate bubble.