Demolition of Phoenix's WPA Civic Building Shelved; Hearing Delayed Until August 1

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Katie Johnson
Demolition of the WPA Building has been shelved and the hearing to decide the future of the structure delayed until August 1.

The fate of the historic WPA Civic Building in Phoenix may still be up in the air, but thanks to a last-minute meeting called by the Arizona Exposition and State Fair Board, the demolition has been once again delayed.

On Tuesday, July 22, the Arizona Exposition and State Fair Board called a meeting at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum to discuss the future of the historic 1938 building located on the Arizona State Fairgrounds at 19th Avenue and McDowell Road. The 4 p.m. meeting was held less then 24 hours before a scheduled 9:30 a.m. hearing on Wednesday, July 23, under presiding judge David O. Cunanan to discuss proposed outcomes for the building.


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5 Coolest Apartment Complexes in Tempe

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Katie Johnson
If you recognize this mural by Soldier Leisure, chances are you'll know one of the apartments on this list.
If you're still looking for a loft or apartment in Tempe, the clock is ticking. And while some of the more coveted complexes are already leased out it, it doesn't hurt to make a mental note for next time. From affluent ASU-adjacent digs to small-scale Sun Devil living, here are our picks for the five coolest apartments in Tempe.


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Demolition of WPA Civic Building at Arizona State Fairgrounds on Temporary Hold

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Katie Johnson
The Civic Building, which served as headquarters for the WPA in 1938, is not out of the woods yet.
Phoenix preservationists acted fast on Monday, July 14, when they noticed construction fencing pop up around the historic Civic Building on the Arizona State Fairgrounds at 19th Avenue and McDowell Road.


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10 Things We Learned From Alison King and AIGA Arizona's "Branding Arizona"

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Connor Descheemaker
Alison King filled in some of the documentation gaps in Arizona's design history with her lecture, "Branding Arizona"

As a long-time associate professor at the Art Institute of Phoenix, Alison King is used to schooling groups on the history of Arizona design. So to hear King lecture on typography in a public space seemed like no sweat.

Acting as the first major event inside the confines of the newly-renovated Newton in uptown Phoenix, AIGA Arizona's "Branding Arizona" talk provided an excellent overview of the trends in typography across the first 100-plus years of Arizona design history. Moving seamlessly between in-the-know quizzing for design nerds and pretty pictures for the laymen, King catered well to the diverse crowd, made up of her Modern Phoenix fans, AIGA members, and other interested community folks.

To say there were a number of interesting facts is an understatement. For those who couldn't make the sold-out event, here are 10 things we learned from "Branding Arizona."

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Phoenix Design Week Returns October 2014; Tickets on Sale Now

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Make a note next to your drawing board: Phoenix Design Week returns Friday, October 17, through Saturday, October 24. This grassroots gathering of local and out-of-state creatives will feature everything from practical discussion to hands-on training to networking opportunities with fellow industry members.


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Remembering Scottsdale Designer Janis Leonard

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Photo credit: Chris Loomis
Janis Leonard stands in "Under the Wave" at the SMoCA Lounge.
This week the Valley arts community is mourning the loss of Janis Leonard. The accomplished designer, former board member of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and Phoenix arts scene pioneer passed away on Sunday, June 8. She was 55.

An environmental design graduate of the Parsons School of Design, the Canadian-born and later Scottsdale-based Leonard made her creative mark with a multitude of installations around the country and across decades. She won numerous awards including the James Beard Award for excellence in restaurant in design, the Preservation Achievement Award from the New York Landmarks Commission, and ID Magazine's Design Distinction Award for her innovative use of materials.

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Portland on the Park Condos Coming to Downtown Phoenix

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ARMLS
Portland on the Park will be the adjacent sister property to Portland on the Park (pictured above).
Downtown living opportunities are definitely on the rise -- what with last year's opening of Roosevelt Point, the newly available CityScape Residences, and, beginning this fall, the construction of Portland Place's adjacent sister property, Portland on the Park.


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Twin Palms Hotel in Tempe to Close for Remodel

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Natalie Miranda
The Twin Palms Hotel in Tempe is set to close on May 16.

The Twin Palms Hotel in Tempe will close its doors on Friday, May 16. The hotel is located across the street from ASU on Apache Boulevard, and has been a staple in Tempe since the 1970s, when it opened as a Howard Johnson's.

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10 Coolest Buildings in Metro Phoenix

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Rick Cooper via Flickr
Good Samaritan Hospital
Look past the sad stucco homes and the nondescript strip malls and you'll see that Phoenix is actually home to some top-notch architecture. From Midcentury Modern to downtown Art Deco and early 20th century Queen Anne cottages, here are our 10 favorite structures in metro Phoenix.


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Phoenix Named Among Best Cities for Midcentury Modern Architecture

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Becky Bartkowski
Al Beadle's House 6 near Camelback Mountain.
Nestled nestled between its best neighborhoods and its up-and-coming ones, Phoenix has its fair share of renovated retro residences. Thanks to Phoenix preservationists and community events like the Modern Phoenix Home Tour, Arizona's Atomic Age architecture is getting the recognition it deserves.

Case in point: California-based HÔM Sotheby's The Haverkate Group placed Phoenix on its list of the "Best Cities in the U.S. for Mid-Century Modern Architecture."


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