Wednesday, July 25, 2007

History plays role in new Scottsdale townhouse project

[Source: Peter Corbett, Arizona Republic] -- Valley architect Will Bruder has reached back into a lost chapter of Scottsdale history for a 10-unit townhouse complex southeast of Scottsdale and Camelback roads. The Upton project (pictured) at 7228 E. Shoeman Lane is within site of a home built about 1950 for industrialist Louis Upton, who made his fortune manufacturing washing machines. The Upton house was designed by modern architect Paul Schweikher, Bruder's friend and mentor who retired to a Sedona mountaintop after heading the architecture schools at Yale and later Carnegie-Mellon universities.

Bruder said the Upton house was built in an orange grove and had an iconic courtyard and flaming fountain as its focal point. That courtyard design is carried over to the new Upton townhouses, which include four single-level flats and six duplexes. "This is celebrating and modernizing history," Bruder said. He plans to start building the townhouses by this fall and complete them within a year, just north of the Galleria Corporate Center. Bruder's homes of 1,650 square feet to 2,550 square feet will be priced starting at $1 million. The Upton house was torn down in the early 1970s, Bruder said. Had it been preserved, the Louis Upton house downtown might have been adapted as a library, gallery, or restaurant.

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