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Revealing and re-expressing mid-century modern in Phoenix

14 May 2015

Paths to Preservation: AZ Historic Preservation Conf, Flagstaff, AZ

Alison Rainey, AIA, Shepley Bulfinch
Ryan Grabe, Shepley Bulfinch

AZ SHPO conference logoThe Phoenix urban landscape can be identified by low-slung buildings, wide streets, sprawl, and an indistinct skyline, peppered by waves of new construction. Within the eclectic mix are hidden gems waiting to be revealed. Often overlooked, these mid-century buildings and ubiquitous strip malls offer opportunities to revitalize urban life and provide a catalyst for transitional neighborhood by preserving and reintroducing the city’s distinctive architectural elements. Catalyst for community: Revealing and re-expressing mid-century modern in Phoenix explores the regenerative effects that the reuse of existing historic buildings have as catalysts for community and how their conversions balance the questions of renovation, rehabilitation, new construction, and cultural integrity.

In this session, Alison and Ryan will draw from a series of adaptive reuse projects along Phoenix’s Central Corridor, including Shepley Bulfinch’s home in W A Sarmiento’s Phoenix Financial Center and a series of adaptive reuse restaurant projects that include Federal Pizza (Al Beadle’s First Federal Bank); Windsor, and Churn.

Conference details

Catalyst for Community – 2015 conference presentation