A Modern Phoenix Tour with Alison King
|Photos by Becky Bartkowski|
After exploring the Phoenix Financial Center, which was the meeting place and first stop, the small bus took the group of around 20 to The Vig to pick up sandwiches (the tour was not lacking in snacking), then we were off to Arcadia, Paradise Valley, and, finally Sunnyslope.
|Valley National Bank in Arcadia|
At the Financial Center, a guide took us to the top of the tower, and led the group through the two rotundas, whose skateboard-shaped stairs, tunnel to the main building, and Mad Men-esque offices had the group poking around for a good amount of time.
|The Shaffer house in Paradise Valley|
After that, we were off to Valley National Bank branch at 44th Street and Camelback (known to some as the Flintstone or mushroom bank), which was designed by Frank Henry, a protege of Frank Lloyd Wright. Henry met up with the group and explained the creative and political process of designing and building the bank -- including a battle with the Arcadia neighborhood, which, in the early '60s, strongly opposed any development that didn't involve farming.
In Paradise Valley, the first stop was a fixer-upper in the Clearwater Hills neighborhood.
|The Beadlle-designed tract home|
The tour continued to a tract home located in Paradise Gardens.
|The remodeled Sunnyslope home|
Modern Phoenix will host multiple tours during Design Week. For more information or to buy tickets, go here.
See all of the photos here.