Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Throughout May, the National Trust and its thousands of partners across the country will demonstrate the importance of our nation’s heritage as they focus on many aspects of the preservation movement including historic travel, heritage education, historic homeownership, and community revitalization. Local celebrations will highlight the unique culture and traditions of different areas of the country, and the National Trust strongly encourages people to participate in National Preservation Month events being held in their communities.
"My kids, when we first came here, called it the alien house," she said. "We've taken them over there quite a few times and tried to explain to them that it's not a saucer." The Great House is covered by a steel-and-concrete canopy built in 1932 to shield it from the elements. Chief Ranger Carol West said the monument is becoming an island in a sea of development. West said she visited the monument as a child, which made driving to the park in 2003, after she was offered her current position, a shock. "I nearly died," she said. "I remembered it being way out of the way - a sleepy place." West said housing developments near the monument threaten the ruins' desert backdrop. Monument staff members hope to annex 80 acres directly west of the current boundary line that are slated for the Cross Creek Ranch master-planned community. They also hope to annex some other sites, including unused land surrounding the Wal-Mart. "It's not just the archaeological sites," she said. "The context in which the Great House is built is in danger too."
U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi, whose district includes Coolidge, introduced a resolution in March 2005 that would have authorized an expansion of the monument, but it died in committee. [Note: To read the full article, click here. ]
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
A Street Fair at the event will offer handcrafted goods, unusual gift ideas, jewelry, antiques, and local artwork. Food vendors will supply a variety of munchies. Willo Home Tour promotes the neighborhood through the advertising both at local establishments and in the media. The monies raised from this event enable the community to pursue neighborhood improvements including but not limited to traffic mitigation, community wide activities, the Willo web site, as well as subsequent Willo Home Tours. Between twelve and fourteen homes open their doors to the public.
The site at the park is well known because it is easy to photograph in the afternoons and visitors take a short walk to an overlook where the 1,200-year-old ruins can be viewed. The site has the tallest tower in the park, measuring 26-feet high. The four-story tower sets among 80 rooms and seven kivas. The ruin has been closed to visitors since the 1950s, so Bell and a small group recently grabbed a ladder to assess the damage close-up. “It’s amazing it didn’t do more damage,” Bell said. The rock took out a 4-foot section of a wall at the site and completely destroyed another wall that was part of an alcove. Bell said there were original beams in one of the walls. The rock also pierced the walls of one of the kivas at the site and left rubble strewn about. Fortunately, the shock waves set off when the rock hit likely didn’t damage the tower, Bell said.
Slabs shearing off the sandstone cliffs isn’t a new problem at Mesa Verde. Preston Fisher, a structural engineer at the park, spends a good amount of time monitoring the sandstone that houses the park’s famous cliff dwellings. He places devices called crack monitors in the cracks to gauge when a slab might start to shift, but the one the size of a Volkswagen bug that fell recently wasn’t one that Fisher was worried about. “We look at alcoves from the bottom every year,” Fisher said. “We try to knock off what we can before sites are open to the public.” Fisher called what happened at Square Tower House “alcove exfoliation” and said it has been happening for centuries. Park employees are also on the lookout for small flakes from the cliffs as signs of a possible fall.
[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo courtesy of Mesa Verde National Park.]
Sunday, January 28, 2007
into space. McAuliffe, a 37-year-old high school social studies teacher from New Hampshire, won a competition that earned her a place among the seven-member crew of the Challenger. She underwent months of shuttle training but then, beginning January 23, was forced to wait six long days as the Challenger's launch countdown was repeatedly delayed because of weather and technical problems. Finally, on January 28, the shuttle lifted off.
Seventy-three seconds later, hundreds on the ground, including Christa's family, stared in disbelief as the shuttle exploded in a forking plume of smoke and fire. Millions more watched the wrenching tragedy unfold on live television. There were no survivors.
In 1976, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) unveiled the world's first reusable manned spacecraft, the Enterprise. Five years later, space flights of the shuttle began when Columbia traveled into space on a 54-hour mission. Launched by two solid-rocket boosters and an external tank, only the aircraft-like shuttle entered into orbit around Earth. When the mission was completed, the shuttle fired engines to reduce speed and, after descending through the atmosphere, landed like a glider. Early shuttles took satellite equipment into space and carried out various scientific experiments. The Challenger disaster was the first major shuttle accident.
Reed incorporated ground-faced blocks that give the $12.9 million building a granitelike façade, colored like the desert floor. The building's origami-shaped roof - with several jutting angles coated with copper - evokes the outlines of distant mountains. Reed said the roof also helps to diminish the height of the stagehouse, which reaches almost 50 feet tall, so it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb in the neighborhood. At night, the roof gives the illusion it is hovering above the building, thanks to lights that will shine through glass that runs around the lobby between the roof and masonry.
"In a project like this, whether the city is looking for it to be a catalyst for economic development or creation of a more cohesive downtown area, it is to do something that is really unique that speaks about the client and the location which this is sitting and becomes sort of a magnet in its own right and make a statement," Reed said. "But at the same time you shoot for being a good neighbor. We very much wanted it to be a building where the coloration and material were appropriate and felt right in downtown Peoria." The functionality of the theater - how the city intended to use the facility, how often it was used and its target audience - also played equally into Reed's design. The materials chosen for the building lend itself to aging gracefully, such as the copper for the roof, Reed said, adding the metal was historically mined in Arizona. Over time, the reddish-colored metal darkens and eventually turns to a copper patina, which keeps the building looking fresh with its changes, he said.
[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo by Michael Schennum.]
Saturday, January 27, 2007
With this in mind, the men drafted a constitution and elected as the Society's president a lawyer and philanthropist named Gardiner Greene Hubbard. Neither a scientist nor a geographer, Hubbard represented the Society's desire to reach out to the layman. Nine months after its inception, the Society published its first issue of National Geographic magazine. Readership did not grow, however, until Gilbert H. Grosvenor took over as editor in 1899. In only a few years, Grosvenor boosted circulation from 1,000 to 2 million by discarding the magazine's format of short, overly technical articles for articles of general interest accompanied by photographs. National Geographic quickly became known for its stunning and pioneering photography, being the first to print natural-color photos of sky, sea and the North and South Poles.
Friday, January 26, 2007
According to the stories, the shootout between ex-sheriff Pete Gabriel and his former deputy Joe Phy started in what was then the Tunnel Saloon and ended in Main Street. Gabriel survived and Phy died a few hours later. The self-guided two-hour walking tour will take participants throughout the town as they visit some of the oldest homes and commercial buildings, including what was Florence's first general merchandise store. John Swearengin, Florence's unofficial historian, will also offer a guided walking tour.
Evans said she is still finalizing which homes and buildings will be a part of this year's tour. She said the Pinal County Historical Society Museum will host a Chautauqua on John P. Clum, who published the first newspaper in Florence in 1879. Admission is $10 in advance, or $12 the day of the event. Children under 18 are admitted free. Proceeds go to the Florence Main Street Program.
In the lawsuit filed two years ago, Goddard's office, representing the state Department of Environmental Quality, accused Johnson of illegally using state and private land. He and his companies are charged with destroying Hohokam sites dating to A.D. 750 and killing more than 40,000 protected native plans including saguaro and ironwood on state trust lands. He also is charged with allowing sheep to graze on the land, causing an epidemic that killed 21 rare desert bighorn sheep. That case is pending.Johnson took offense to a news release that Goddard issued at the same time. In a counterclaim filed last year, Johnson asked the court to conclude that Goddard had libeled him and his companies. In his legal papers, Johnson expressed offense at several of Goddard's statements, including the attorney general's contention that Johnson and his companies committed "wanton destruction of Arizona's heritage resources." He wants $20 million for himself and his wife, and $10 million for each of two related entities. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]
With little idea of what he could expect from the mysterious and distant land, Phillip had great difficulty assembling the fleet that was to make the journey. His requests for more experienced farmers to assist the penal colony were repeatedly denied, and he was both poorly funded and outfitted. Nonetheless, accompanied by a small contingent of Marines and other officers, Phillip led his 1,000-strong party, of whom more than 700 were convicts, around Africa to the eastern side of Australia. In all, the voyage lasted eight months, claiming the deaths of some 30 men.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
I just completed my first entry, an article on the history of Tombstone and the recent event celebrating the 125th anniversary of the shootout at the OK Corral (which I attended and photographed). As a newcomer to Arizona, I would love to hear from you where I should go next. Please send your ideas to Leanne Matzenger. To read my first entry, click on the 2nd link on the right, "APF's History & Adventure Blog." I hope you enjoy it! Leanne Matzenger, APF Administrator
Keith doesn't build large, flashy loft projects. He builds homes that fit in with downtown architecture. Since 1985, he has renovated about 30 abandoned historic houses in downtown neighborhoods, mostly Barrio Viejo, and he lives in one of his rescue projects. "Everything I've done has been very detailed, historically compatible, using original materials like adobe and wood floors," said Keith, president of Contemporary West Development. He has also done 13 new houses downtown, including seven in Franklin Court. Most of his projects, old and new, include enclosed courtyards. "I believe downtown has come a long way in the past 10 years, much more than we're giving it credit for," said Keith, a native Tucsonan. "I believe Tucson is the next Western city that is going to have a vibrant downtown." [Photo by Jerry Peek.]
"This park is just going to be really beautiful, going back to the traditional plants and trees that would have been there back in the beginning," said Mike Jackson, president of the Quechan Tribe. "We have been wanting this for a long time and the elders are really enthusiastic about it. They agree with the plans." Plans call for Quechan Nature Park to be located just northeast of the Ocean-to-Ocean Bridge, placing the new development where it will easily transition into work already done on the other side of the river — the East Wetlands Park. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]
The Asian-American survey is the third in a series that includes the African-American Historic Property Survey and the recently completed Hispanic Historic Property Survey. The Historic Preservation Office is also planning a study of Native-American heritage in Phoenix. "We're just trying to find everything we can," said Murray, who has identified more than 100 historically significant properties associated with Asian-Americans in Phoenix. "I'm sure there are a lot more stories and properties out there that we don't know about." Murray, who was contracted by the city, has posted his draft report on his Web site, and is encouraging feedback on any locations that might have been overlooked. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]
Five years after the birth of the modern Olympics in 1896, the first organized international competition involving winter sports was staged in Sweden. Called the Nordic Games, only Scandinavian countries competed. Like the Olympics, it was staged thereon every four years but always in Sweden. In 1908, figure skating made its way into the Summer Olympics in London, though it was not actually held until October, some three months after the other events were over.
In 1911, the IOC proposed the staging of a separate winter competition for the 1912 Stockholm Games, but Sweden, wanting to protect the popularity of the Nordic Games, declined. Germany planned a Winter Olympics to precede the 1916 Berlin Summer Games, but World War I forced the cancellation of both. At the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium, ice hockey joined figure skating as an official Olympic event, and Canada took home the first of many hockey gold medals. Soon after, an agreement was reached with Scandinavians to stage the IOC-sanctioned International Winter Sports Week. It was so popular among the 16 participating nations that, in 1925, the IOC formally created the Winter Olympics, retroactively making Chamonix the first.
Valerie Vadala Homer, of the Scottsdale Cultural Council, which oversees such projects, said members were blindsided by the protest. The plan had been presented to neighbors in September, but opposition didn't bubble up until December. "We were so far into the project and were not aware of the opposition," she said. So the council invited Cox Heights residents to its Wednesday meeting to hear more. Nine residents at the meeting were for the project; four were against. Still, there is enough ill will to try to find a compromise, says the council's Jana Weldon, who oversees the steel garden. But talk takes time and officials had hoped to have the garden planted by June 30, the end of Scottsdale's fiscal year. If not, the funding may evaporate, Weldon said. Plenty of people like the garden the way it is. Myron Brower who spoke in favor of the flowers called them "contextual art," a symbol of the rebirth of south Scottsdale over the past three years.
[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo by David Rencher.]
The show will be available for viewing daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and has become well known and has attracted many out-of-state artists through the Web site, said Hyland. Last spring's invitational photo shoot also brought in new participants, she added. There are many local artists from the Sonoita/Elgin and Patagonia area, including Robert Berk, Helen Chester, William Cook, Mick Davidson, Deborah and Fred Fellows, Keri Jelks, Joe Staheli and Katheryn Drummond. Among the newcomers to show are Narrie Toole from New Mexico, Howard Rogers of Scottsdale, Jove Wang of California, and Don Crowley, a Tucson Seven. Returning favorites include the show's signature artist Santos Barbosa, Tom Dorr, Michael Ewing, Fred Hambly, Chauncey Homer, Jessica McCain and Hank Richter.
There will be two receptions for the show. The first, on opening night, is for members of the Empire Ranch Foundation and the second, on Thursday, Jan. 25, is for the Friends of Western Art. The Northern Trust Bank is at 3450 E. Sunrise Drive in Tucson. Those interested in attending should contact the automated RSVP line at (520) 615-2391 or call Brooke Fawcett at (520) 615-2311. A full roster and many images of the show will be available online. Those interested in learning more about the foundation can also check the Web site. [Photo by TuleReed.com.]
Researchers also found shell ornaments and a carved ivory head, which may be the earliest piece of figurative art in the world. Holliday, a professor of anthropology and geosciences, visited the sites three times beginning in 2001 to do field work. He often works in the U.S., so it was a different and exciting change, he said. "Here in the New World you don't have sites that old," he said. Scientists have long sought to trace the early routes of modern humans. The latest finding appears to show they made their way into central Eastern Europe several thousand years before they spread across Western and Eastern Europe. Prior studies have estimated migration into Europe at 40,000 to 43,000 years ago.
Trained as an anthropologist, Taylor first found work as a "fake planner" under Tucson Planning Director Paul Zucker in 1976. It was the heyday of a Comprehensive Planning Process spawned by a political populism that decried the ill effects of urban sprawl and suggested controls on the region's growth. The plan was denounced as a "communist manifesto" by business leaders who rose up to defeat it, Taylor said. "The business community convinced us that more is better and too much is just right." In subsequent decades, we spread, as Taylor would say, "like peanut butter on a hot car hood." As the population soared, the region's density was halved. Wages shrank. Tucson's median wage dropped steadily between 1970 and 1990. Things have improved since then, Taylor said, but we're still not up to 1970 levels in real dollars, and our density remains less than half what it was in the early '50s — and it continues to drop.
Taylor embraced every opportunity to remind us of our conflicting desires to grow and to preserve our way of life, and of the effects of not doing either well. He spoke to groups of all stripes at breakfast, lunch and dinner, and provided the leavening quote in every well-baked story about the region's growth. Jack Camper, president of the Metropolitan Tucson Chamber of Commerce for much of Taylor's tenure as principal planner for the city, said he always could rely on Taylor for humorous speeches and hard facts. "That was the key," Camper said. "You didn't get a bunch of fluff from Dave Taylor. He told it like he saw it. He was a terrific source of reliable information." [Note: To read the full article, click here.
Officials eagerly anticipated National Bank of Arizona's relocation to the corner of Main Street and Butte Avenue. Florence Planning Director Mark Eckhoff said the bank's architect spent some time studying local architecture to design a building that would fit well into downtown. However, the new bank will have a drive-through, which is not currently allowed in the DC zone. Barbara Parkin-McBride, a member of the Historic District Advisory Commission, said the commission would be in favor of allowing the bank's drive-though, "given the architectural provisions and the streetscape provisions that have been made." [Note: To read the full article, click here.
“Why not involve the community in changing the names? Why not have some fun?” Porter said. “We want to be part of the community, so let's let the community be part of us and let them select some names.” The hotel's ownership changed hands in May. Its new owners - LH Ventures- want a revamped, more modern image. The name changes coincide with that, Porter said. A four-judge panel will select the winners in February. The changes don't stop with names. Ownership also is remodeling its hotel rooms. Each will have a tropical interior along with granite countertops and new furniture. Mimi Ayres, assistant sales and marketing manager, expects that to be finished by April.
To take part in the renaming contest, send suggestions by e-mail by Feb. 15. You also can mail the suggestions to Nautical Inn, 1000 N. McCulloch Blvd., Lake Havasu City, Ariz., 86403 or call 855-2141 ext. 432. Be sure to include contact information.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Glenn CurtissKingsford, Michigan, the Ford Motor Company's planned community, was incorporated as a village. The company owned large tracts of timber in the area, which were used to produce wooden auto-body panels like those commonly seen on its station wagons in later decades.
A land-use code amendment allowing the zones is set for a public hearing before the city's Planning Commission on Feb. 7. The first zone attempted under the ordinance is expected to be in the Jefferson Park Neighborhood, north of the University of Arizona, where an invasion of student-packed housing on residential streets provided the impetus for a re-examination of neighborhood planning. Citing the city's inability to prevent "minidorms" — along with its plans to lure apartments, condominiums, and mixed-use developments to the transportation corridors that border older residential areas — a group of neighborhood leaders formed the Neighborhood Infill Coalition and lobbied the City Council and the Department of Urban Planning and Design for protection.
[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo by Jerry Peek.]
In addition, 73rd Street would be realigned with Buckboard Trail, allowing a safer crossing at a traffic signal for pedestrians going to and from the W Hotel Scottsdale and nightclubs south of Camelback. "This ties all the quadrants together," said development attorney John Berry, representing Scottsdale Canal Development LLC. The two principals, John Wanninger and Mark Madkour, have development experience in the Minneapolis area. They are seeking a rezoning that would allow a 72-foot-tall hotel and condos of up to 65 feet high. Parking would be underground. Their plan includes 190 condos plus 16 penthouse units of up to 5,200 square feet. They would feature far more outdoor living space than other luxury condos are offering, Wanninger said. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Among the many sites that have been listed are Historic Neighborhoods of New Orleans; Ellis Island in New York Harbor; the Kennecott Copper Mines in Alaska; Bethlehem Steel Plant in Bethlehem, Pa.; the World Trade Center Vesey Street Survivors’ Staircase; and “The Journey Through Hallowed Ground” Corridor in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Each represents preservation challenges facing thousands of communities.
To ensure that the most threatened sites are chosen, the National Trust uses three primary criteria to determine the 11 finalists: significance, urgency and potential solutions. For more information about the nomination process and to download the nomination form, click here or e-mail Carrie Johnson. Completed nominations must be received by Friday, January 26, 2007. The 2007 list will be announced in May.
The proposed HP zoning overlay would include three structures fronting Thomas Road—a 1924 school building, a 1928 teacher/principal house known as the “Heritage House,” and a ca. 1955 school building. The remaining buildings on the campus would not be included in the HP zoning overlay. Following staff’s presentation, the governing board voted 4-0 to support the historic designation. Staff will request that the HP Commission initiate HP zoning for the property on January 22, 2007. [Photo source: Leanne Matzenger.]
"When you're talking about doing facade improvements on the older buildings, $5,000 doesn't even touch it," Mayor Bobby Bryant said. "This will give business or building owners more financial means to do it correctly." The Fast-Track Grant Program funds immediate visual improvements in historic downtown Buckeye and has helped revamp such popular downtown spots as the Butcher and the Farmer Market and Millstone Cafe.
Elizabeth Blackwell is granted a medical degree from Geneva College in New York, becoming the first female to be officially recognized as a physician in U.S. history.
Blackwell, born in Bristol, England, came to the United States in her youth and attended the medical faculty of Geneva College, now known as Hobart College. In 1849, she graduated with the highest grades in her class and was granted an M.D. In 1857, after several years of private practice, she founded the New York Infirmary for Women and Children with her sister, Emily Blackwell, also a doctor. In 1868, the institution was expanded to include a women's college for the training of nurses and doctors, the first of its kind in America. The next year, Blackwell returned to England, where in 1875 she became professor of gynecology at the London School of Medicine for Women, a medical discipline she had helped to establish.
The empty plaza is drawing the ire of surrounding residents and businesses, too, she said. “We get lots and lots and lots of calls into our office about what’s the city going to do about that property,” Kilgore said. “The answer really is it’s not our property.” Kilgore said company officials became embittered after requesting financial assistance from the city to redevelop the property. “I think we are kind of just at a standoff,” she said. The company declined to comment. [Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo by Tim Hacker.]
Friday, January 19, 2007
Added Charlie Looney, "It's the end of an era. Generation after generation worked here, and now it's ending," said Looney, a longtime miner. Many old-timers thought that, as long as the stacks stood, there was a possibility the mine, which closed in 1999, could reopen. But as the chimneys fell Wednesday, they were forced to accept that San Manuel's mining days were over. Controlled Demolition Inc. of Maryland handled the job, first weakening the stacks' bases and then creating notches that made them fall in the prescribed direction. The company holds the U.S. record for demolishing a concrete chimney, a 750-foot stack brought down near McGill, Nev., in 1993.
Built a decade before Sun City, San Manuel was Arizona's first Del Webb community. It was built in the early 1950s by Phoenix contractor Del E. Webb as a company town for workers at Magma Copper Co.'s nearby San Manuel Mine. And, although it never was intended as a retirement community, most of its residents are now retirees. When the mine closed, taking away the livelihoods of more than 2,000 miners and their families, it looked like San Manuel might die. But as the miners moved on, retirees began buying up their houses, breathing new life into the community.
[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo by Gary Gaynor, Tucson Citizen.]
Agriculture is Yuma’s primary industry, representing one-third of the total agricultural base for the state, says Kurt Nolte, agricultural agent for Yuma County. “Everything that you have seen in the grocery store, we produced,” says Nolte. That includes romaine, green leaf, red leaf and iceberg lettuce. From Interstate 8 Yuma doesn’t look like the agricultural mecca it is. Rolling sand dunes dominate the landscape. But beyond the freeway, the waters of the Colorado River and Yuma’s mild winter temperatures make it an ideal place to grow lettuce. Yuma produces 95 percent of the country’s winter vegetable supply. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]
Elected officials scheduled to attend include: from Phoenix - Councilman Greg Stanton, District 6; from Tempe - Mayor Hugh Hallman, Councilmembers Mark Mitchell and Barb Carter. The elected officials will be joined by the Jeff Williamson, CEO/President, Phoenix Zoo and Board President, Papago Salado Association. Email Kathi Reichert with any questions.
The Mesa Historical Museum is in the former Lehi Elementary School, the oldest surviving school building in the City of Mesa, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum has just opened its first new permanent exhibit in twenty years, “Searching for Mesa: Finding Ourselves in our History.” The exhibit covers over 2000 years of Mesa’s history, from the prehistoric Hohokam to the modern city of almost 500,00 people.
Over the past three years, The History Channel has awarded $750,000 in Save Our History grants to 82 historical organizations, large and small, urban, suburban, and rural, in the north, south, east, west and central United States. This is a special year for the program -- 2007-2008 grant recipients will represent $1,000,000 in grants awarded by The History Channel through Save Our History. You can send an email with any questions, comments, or suggestions.
The artifacts, and the UA museum's decades of research, chronicle the region's history and origins, which is why UA officials say the city should fund expansion of the museum downtown with Rio Nuevo funds. UA is seeking $62 million to build a branch of the museum just south of Congress Street and west of the Santa Cruz River. That is where a farming culture developed some 4,000 years ago. If that happens, the public will finally be able to see, on consistent display, thousands of items excavated in Arizona.
"People want to see these things," said Michael J. Riley, the museum's associate curator and head of public programs. "The biggest critique is, 'You don't have enough stuff up.' Our job is to tell the stories of groups of people." The museum's collection traces the evolution of prehistoric humans, revealing their hunting styles, migration patterns, farming techniques, technology, and trade interests. It speaks to climate changes, culture, and religion, and may be important to American Indians trying to gain land and water rights, Riley said. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]
The Acoma people have long welcomed visitors to their community, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and a Save America's Treasures (SAT) site in 1999. Today, approximately fifteen families live year-round on the 70-acre mesa. The Pueblo of Acoma owns Acoma Sky City, and the tribal council is responsible for all decisions and operations. By entering into the agreement with the National Trust, the pueblo will avail itself of the National Trust’s expertise in preservation, conservation, and interpretation as well as national standards, best practices, and legal advocacy. Furthermore, the agreement allows Acoma Sky City access to technical services, special grant funds, and cooperative marketing programs available only to National Trust Historic Sites.
[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: Rick Scott.]
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Here's why: The free expo will introduce you to Modern Phoenix member-owned businesses and services from real estate to furniture to fine art. On Saturday, keynote speaker Alan Hess, author of "The Ranch House," will discuss the hidden history of Mid-Century Modern design and remind us of the "true variety, vitality, and excellence of architecture in the mid 20th century." Bob Mather will discuss history and design preservation guidelines for Ralph Haver Homes. Troy Bankord will share design techniques for connecting indoor and outdoor spaces and Michael P. Johnson will recount the adventures of an architect transforming Midcentury Modern homes.
The event will culminate on Sunday with a walking tour through select Ralph Haver-designed homes in the uptown Phoenix neighborhood Marlen Grove. For a complete itinerary and photos of Marlen Grove, visit the Official Tour Home Page. Call the box office at 480-994-2787 to reserve your tickets. Seating for the speakers is limited, and only 400 home tour tickets will be available.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Prohibition of alcohol began today when the 18th Amendment went into effect. On this day in 1920, The Evening Gazette printed a statement from Morris Sheppard, author of the amendment. Sheppard stated that prohibition meant "a rise to a higher and better plane of civilization for the United States. It means more savings, more homes, better health and better morals. It means that the American republic has achieved a distinctive triumph for right and righteousness in the low and bitter struggle between good and evil." Prohibition ended when the 18th Amendment was repealed in 1933.
The Idea House will open for tours three consecutive weekends (Thursday-Sunday), June 7-24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Event proceeds will benefit Sharlot Hall Museum and help promote their ongoing dedication to the preservation and education of Prescott history. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]
The Lopez House, John Clum House, and American Legion Building have not received any rehabilitation work during the past six months. The 1st Pinal County Courthouse (McFarland Historic State Park) is undergoing diagnostic testing including soil analysis to determine the appropriate treatments for rehabilitation. One of the major problems with the building is the buckling and cracking of the adobe caused by moisture reaching the adobe. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]
"That's the most important feedback we got during neighborhood meetings," said Jonathan Peiffer of Roberts/Jones Associates, the principal architect who designed the four bungalow-style homes. "They wanted the garage in the rear and the big porch in the front and they wanted the houses to look like all the others in the neighborhood."
[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: Leanne Matzenger.]
Friday, January 12, 2007
The William Talley House on 11th Street in Safford is one of 22 local structures on the National Register of Historic Places for the state of Arizona. Elsberry’s house is neighbor to some of the oldest homes built in the Gila Valley. From her front porch one can see the Olney House to the west, and her home is surrounded on three sides by the William Charles Davis House, the Hugh Talley House and the James R. Welker House — all of which are listed on the National Register. The William Talley House is not the grandest in its neighborhood, nor is it the most modest. The Spanish Revival model home, which boasts clean lines, a ceramic shingle roof and Moorish windows, is down the road from a grand Queen Anne-style home and directly across the street from two tiny, historical homes that sit side by side on a small piece of property.
These differences are what make the neighborhood not only valuable but also correctly reflect the history of the area. While the homes reflect their builders’ preferences in style and period, their walls also echo with sounds of past families living, rearing children for future generations of the Gila Valley, celebrating triumphs and mourning losses. As of the year 2000, Graham was the only county in Arizona that did not have a designated historic district, according to the state preservation plan update from the Arizona State Parks. Both the style and the historical significance of each is why Elsberry believes it is so important to preserve these structures, so she is busy trying to gather community support to petition for the historic district designation. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]
Now, the monument is entering a phase of "redefinition," according to Superintendent Jason Lott, who wants the settlement's untold stories to come to light. Renzi introduced HR1019 in March 2005. The current grounds of the monument, established by Congress in 1889, consist of 480 acres, less than half of the settlement's estimated size of 1,200 acres. HR1019 aims to bring more archaeologically significant land within the scope of the monument boundaries. "These plots are remarkably well preserved," Lott said. "There is a huge research potential. This is the most advanced prehistoric civilization in America. We need to preserve this, from an archaeological standpoint. Once we construct houses and developments, these sites are gone."
[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo by QT Luong.]
Thursday, January 11, 2007
The Fox was painstakingly restored to the smallest detail of its unique Southwest Art Deco design. "I've had a number of travel writers through the building, and they're certainly blown away and appreciate how beautiful the building is," said Herb Stratford, executive director of the Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation. The Fox was among only seven entities to get the Phoenix Award for 2006. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]
With rich food perpetually available, weights in the high 200's and 300's are not uncommon among these once-lean people. As many as half the Pima and Tohono O'odham (formerly Papago) Indians now develop diabetes by the age of 35, an incidence 15 times higher than for Americans as a whole. Yet before World War II, diabetes was rare in this population. Similar problems have been found among Australian aborigines, Pacific Islanders and other peoples whose survival historically depended on their ability to stash away calories in times of plenty to sustain them during droughts and crop failures. The Pima and Tohono O'odham Indians seem unusually efficient at turning calories to body fat; nutritionists say they gain weight readily on the kinds and amounts of foods people of European descent can eat with no problem. Preliminary studies have indicated that a change in the Indian diet back to the beans, corn, grains, greens and other low-fat, high-fiber plant foods that their ancestors depended upon can normalize blood sugar, suppress between-meal hunger and probably also foster weight loss. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]
The tours kick off the weekend of Jan. 20-21 and will run through early May. Friday tours will be available on selected weekends. The tours will only cover the grounds and do not include access to Tovrea Castle, which is closed as part of ongoing rehabilitation and renovation. Parks staff has been working for years to slowly restore the plants in the garden and recently employed a cactus specialist to restore and rejuvenate many of the cactuses on site. Using period photos, staff also has been repairing and improving the grounds to more closely resemble the way they looked when the castle and cactus gardens were newly completed in the early 1930s. In addition to online registration, those interested also can call 602-256-3220 for more information.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
The St. James Hotel, 21 E. Madison Street, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places but not the Phoenix Historic Property Register. The Madison Hotel, 35 E. Madison Hotel, is eligible for historic designation, but is not listed on either the city or national registers.
This is not the first time the military veteran, who worked on nuclear submarines, has looked at the advantages of a pyramid home. "About 24 years ago, I actually built a pyramid home in Arkansas, which I lived in for a couple of years," said the father of five. "It was very, very energy efficient. I remember when it snowed, and there was about a foot of snow all over the house. The house was so warm and out of the three months of winter I only had to heat it for about a month. And in the summer it stayed very cool."
The Sierra Vista resident is no stranger to the world of inventing and engineering. Last year, Robertson came up with an idea called the Solar Tree, which he described as "an innovative, new solar-powered home-improvement product that will help lower utility bills." His invention, which looked like a tree, was designed to use solar power to heat water, a swimming pool, or to power lights, and it received a lot of interest. However, after later discovering several other similar products already on the market, Robertson decided to concentrate his efforts on his pyramid house. "It's still being developed. It's not at the point where I want it yet," he said. "There's a lot of things I want to change, following my previous experience of living in a pyramid house."[Note: To read the full article, click here.]
"It's kind of sad to see it go," said Chris Corwin, who was working at the new Gentle Strength Co-op location at Mill and Southern avenues during the demolition. "But it's a dual thing. Everyone is trying to focus on our new future here." Developers also are scheduled to rip out at least three smaller buildings near University Drive and Forest Avenue in the coming weeks. The work will clear land for a massive mixed-use building with three towers, called University Square. One of the Arches buildings will be torn down, as will the building that housed the Trophy Den, said Tony Wall, one of the project's developers. The entire block could be cleared as early as February, Wall said.
[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: Leanne Matzenger.]
Originally, the project was scheduled to be finished for the holiday season. The coalition wanted to have Santa sitting on the front porch of the house for the town's annual celebration. But the intense job of moving such an old structure and converting it into commercial space hasn't been easy. Members of the Main Street Coalition now are hoping a potential partnership with DMB Associates, builders of Verrado, will get the plans for the house moving.
The coalition's president-elect, Karla Walters, said DMB recently expressed interest in helping renovate the Raney House as an effort to encourage revitalization in historic Buckeye. The agreement might fall under DMB's "Rebuilding Together" program, which helps refurbish homes. DMB and town officials will meet this week at the Raney House to discuss the project. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
The museum has opened the nomination process to the entire community by calling for nominations from the public. The public can nominate individuals/families and businesses/organizations in the following categories:
- Pioneer person or family (whose roots in the Valley pre-date statehood-1912) who was important to the history of Phoenix.
- Statehood person or family (whose roots post-date statehood) who was important to the history of Phoenix.
- Organization or business that has made a significant contribution to the history of Phoenix.
Does your family have a remarkable history in the Valley? Want to see your business recognized for its contributions to the city? The nomination process is easy. A person simply needs to fill out a one-page nomination form that describes the nominee’s connection and contribution to Phoenix and the Salt River Valley. Nomination forms are available at the museum’s front desk or via email. For more information about the Ball, the nomination process, or to request a nomination form to be sent in the mail call 602-253-2734.
A nine-member committee of community volunteers and museum staff will review the nominations and select the final honorees. The honorees will receive their awards at a presentation honoring their contributions at the Phoenix History Ball, April 21, 2007 at the Ritz Carlton, 2401 East Camelback Road. Deadline for submitting nominations is January 10, 2007. Nominations must be postmarked on or before that date, delivered in person to the Phoenix Museum of History, or received by email or fax (602-253-2348) on that date.