Monday, December 31, 2007
"It's an ethical thing," said Chandler Police Sgt. John Shearer, who is organizing the cleanup as an officer in the Chandler Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 14. "The cemetery used to be back in a field. Now it's in the middle of Fulton Ranch behind a beautiful wall. The gate is unlocked; you walk in . . . and there's a mess." The cemetery is one of the few remaining links to Chandler's once-thriving Goodyear farming community. Shearer said he has been unable to contact current owners of the Goodyear-Ocotillo Cemetery, northwest of Chandler Heights Road and Arizona Avenue. Pat Florence, a member of the Pioneers' Cemetery Association, said a representative of the previous owner ordered her group to halt regular cleanups because the land was private property. Florence said she feared she would be sued if she defied the order.
[Note: To read the full article, click here. To view Channel 12 video on the cemetery, click here. Photo source: Arizona Republic.]
Best of 2007
- Floodwaters Spare Farnsworth House. A few weeks after Brad Pitt’s August visit to the iconic Farnsworth House (pictured), floodwaters reached the front steps of the Plano, Ill., house designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1951. Miraculously, only the landscape suffered damage.In 2003, the National Trust for Historic Preservation paid $7.5 million at the auction of the Farnsworth House, rescuing the 58-acre property from potential development. It’s now open to the public as one of the National Trust’s 29 historic sites.
- The Sun Rises on Hemingway’s Cuban House. After crumbling for decades, a restoration of Ernest Hemingway’s house, Finca Vigia, outside Havana was completed this year. Hemingway, who lived at “Lookout Farm” off and on from 1940 until his death in 1960, wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls in Cuba. With help from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Cuban preservation group repaired Finca Vigia, built in 1886, and opened it to the public for the first time.
- Celebs Chip in to Protect Telluride Valley. The town of Telluride, Colo., managed to raise a whopping $50 million to protect 250 acres of its valley floor from development. Tom Cruise and Darryl Hannah pitched in to meet the May 11 deadline. “The town is elated,” Mayor John Pryor told Preservation Online. “Everyone is smiling.”
- Philip Johnson’s Glass House Opens. Next to the Superbowl, the most sought-after tickets this year were to see the inside of Philip Johnson’s home and masterpiece, the Glass House in New Canaan, Conn. The house, which Johnson left to the National Trust for Historic Preservation after he died in 2005, opened to the public for the first time in 50 years in June as one of the Trust’s 29 historic sites. (Nearby, however, another Johnson house is threatened.)
[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: National Trust.]
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Neighbors, however, have been complaining about the structure's peeling paint and the city has no ownership rights, she said. "Though old and rusty, it represents our history," Reynolds said. Chandler Museum Coordinator Jan Dell said Chandler's tower is as much a symbol of city history as Gilbert's, and she is hoping someone launches a preservation effort to stop the demolition. Messages left for members of the Bogle family seeking comment were not returned. The family has farmed in Chandler for more than 75 years, and nearby Bogle Junior High is named for them. [Photo source: Arizona Republic.]
[Source: Srianthi Perera, Arizona Republic] -- With the opening of the much-anticipated Tempe Center for the Arts this year, the Southeast Valley further established itself as an arts hub in the Valley. Here's a city-by-city look at newsworthy happenings in the arts and entertainment for 2007.
- The $67.6 million Tempe Center for the Arts opened in September. Situated on the edge of Town Lake, the 88,000-square-foot facility has two stages, gallery space, meeting rooms and an arts park. It was welcomed by nine groups that were able to call it home, including Childsplay, Tempe Symphony Orchestra and Tempe Little Theatre.
- By coincidence, 2007 also marked the 30th anniversary of Childsplay, and the popular children's group opened a gallery at the new arts center with a retrospective exhibition. The group evolved through a master's degree project that David P. Saar began in 1977.
- The Mesa Arts Center embarked on its third season in October, continuing to establish itself as a leading venue for arts and entertainment in the Valley. During the 2007-08 season, the center will host more than 500 performances in its four theaters, among them classical masters, country superstars and rock artists. Local arts groups are also featured and the center's family theater company, Stageworks, continues to thrive. The arts center is also making inroads to include local communities, and organized a many-tiered celebration to mark Dia de los Muertos this year.
- Meanwhile, although the private Mesa-based arts organizations did not receive city funds this fiscal year as well, they continue to function. The Mesa Symphony Orchestra changed its name to Symphony of the Southwest, and the Mesa Southwest Museum changed its name to Arizona Museum of Natural History. Both organizations feel the new names better reflect their geographical reach.
[Note: To read the full article, click here.]
Friday, December 28, 2007
McGee still has at least one relative left in Florence. Dottie Borree's grandmother was a sister of McGee's wife, Mary, who was a two-term county recorder and the local postmaster for many years. Mrs. Borree said she was startled to hear last week that preservationists were calling the visitor center at 330 E. Butte Ave. the "McGee house." "I don't ever remember a McGee in that house," she said Monday. Rather, she remembered her Aunt Mary in a bigger house, facing the old courthouse, which the county tore down years ago. Yet historical sources such as the state "Historic Property Inventory Form" and the National Historic Register Information System call it the "James E. and Mary McGee House."
[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: Casa Grande Newspaper.]
Thursday, December 27, 2007
"We've been working on it for a long time, and this is our best opportunity to get that building," Public Works Director Kevin Louis told the Central City Redevelopment District Subcommittee during last week's meeting. That leads to the question of what the city would do with the depot, listed on Arizona's most endangered list. With the double-tracking, the building would probably have to be moved, although that might mean taking it off the National Register of Historic Places, a listing that if kept might make getting grants and other renovation and preservation money easier. Richard Wilkie, the city's senior management analyst, told the subcommittee that he had a lengthy phone conversation with a person at the State Historic Preservation Office, coming away with the feeling that if moved the depot would be taken off the register. "I even brought up the reason we're looking into this is the double-tracking," he said. "They said part of the response or the plan of action would have to include a section that explains if it's not moved, what impact the double-tracking will have on the depot. But as she explained, everybody's reason for moving (a structure in their area) is to preserve and trying to protect. It's not something that's unique; we're not in a unique situation here.
[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: Steven King, Casa Grande Newspaper.]
Echo of baby boom
Tucson's post-World War II housing explosion matched the nation's. Veterans needed homes for the baby boom, which was springing up so fast that traditional, one-at-a-time construction couldn't keep pace, said preservation specialist R. Brooks Jeffery, associate dean of the University of Arizona College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. "Like the rest of the nation, we had a pent-up demand," he said. The answer was production building, in which neighborhoods could be built assembly-line style, Jeffery said. But Tucson had smaller lenders than Phoenix, and many developers here were small-time operators - often married couples developing just a few acres - which helped make Tucson's production scale smaller than the Valley's in the post-war years, the study shows. A similar report shows Scottsdale's 103 post-war neighborhoods averaged 146 homes each while here the average was 83 homes. Tucson's water situation also forced smaller neighborhoods. Phoenix's valleywide water system allowed broad-ranging developments with thousands of homes and dozens of plats, or chunks local governments approved one by one. Tucson had no valleywide water system, said Deborah Edge Abele, president of Akros, the Tempe consulting firm that got $57,000 to do the study.
[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: Tucson Citizen.]
Local Frank Kocevar, who spent two years restoring a Route 66 store in Seligman, stepped forward this fall and asked the railroad to give him the 60-room hotel, which he wants to move to his 10-acre site nearby. The railroad has given Kocevar until Jan. 8 to submit a formal plan for the building's relocation. This week, Kocevar received an estimate to move the hotel's main section, and the project is "doable," he says. "I came up with this idea when all hope of saving it was kind of lost," Kocevar says. "My plan was just to save the building, relocate the building, and then see what develops." Kocevar "has inspired other businesses in town to spiff up their facades," says resident Mary Clurman, who has been trying to save the ailing building for seven years. "It's the best-looking thing in Seligman, and it should be preserved because of that." Kocevar envisions the Havasu Hotel as a visitors center stocked with artifacts from Harvey Hotels, and he'd like to include a business that would turn the building into a tourist attraction, "just to have that sort of a monument in town. The town sure needs a draw."
[Note: To read more about Harvey Houses on Preservation Online, click here. Photo source: National Trust.]
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Proposed improvements include repairing the tombs, purchasing adjacent property, moving an APS power pole, providing a walkway that is ADA-accessible, adding biographies of each pioneer buried there, and surrounding the site with a wrought-iron security fence. They also would like to add the property onto the Arizona and National Registers of Historic Places. Total improvements are estimated at $150,000, but Thrasher said restoring the site is priceless. "This is something that we can grasp and hold onto, and we should," she said. "It's just something I think the community should hold dear." The "Henry Wickenburg Gravesite" has been a controversial issue over the years. Several improvements need to be made, but some residents opposed spending tax dollars on the town-owned site. Encroachment issues also have come up because nine properties abut the gravesite.
[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: Arizona Republic.]
The city of Kingman bought the house in 1973 from Joseph Bonelli, one of George's sons. Joseph was still cooking on the coal-fired stove in the kitchen when he turned the home over to the city. That stove remains in place, along with several other heating stoves in the bedrooms and living areas. With the help of a National Historic Preservation Grant and the Daughters of the Mohave County Pioneers, the home was restored for use as a historical museum. Although largely furnished with original belongings of the Bonelli family, some period pieces are also used to fill out the décor, chosen to represent original pieces that were present in the home. Private individuals donated some of the display items, and others were purchased at local antique shops. "When people come through, they find things that they can relate to, one way or another, and it just really is a great interest to them," said Cathy Kreis, a volunteer with the Mohave County Historical Society.
[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: Daily Miner.]
She said that for her and her husband, Vincent, the Christmas Masses are like reunions. "We go every Christmas just to see our old friends, whoever is left, maybe the grandchildren or the people we used to know," Peralta said. "We just love to see somebody that we haven't seen for a long time." Peralta said that most of the original residents of the Golden Gate Barrio are gone, but that the older ones and their children still come to the church every year. Arvizu, 50, also lived in the neighborhood, bound roughly between 16th and 24th streets, before residents had to relocate to other parts of the Valley. His family helped to build the church structure in 1956, particularly with the electrical wiring. He said the Masses are like coming home to see family. "It's like a coming-home Mass . . . a jubilee Mass, because you get to come back home and you get to be with family and friends, people you haven't seen in years, or that you haven't seen since the last Mass," he said. The Christmas service is like a big celebration of everyone's life all over again, he said. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]
Friday, December 21, 2007
That might be marginally acceptable, but the Legislature won't let those funds alone. During the past state budget crisis, in 2002-03, the Legislature swept more than $40 million out of those funds, leaving the parks system with almost no resources for capital spending. The parks have never recovered, and now the Legislature is proposing to do it again. Legislative budgeters have proposed a list of parks-fund sweeps totaling $38.3 million in the current fiscal year to help the state out of its projected $1 billion budget deficit. Much of that money is actually designated by law to be used as grants to counties and municipalities for parks and open space, but the net effect of the sweeps is that state parks would again be left with no capital money. Clearly, there is a problem of fairness here. The parks system is being asked to contribute to fiscal rescue far out of proportion to its tiny $8.2 million impact on the state budget. But the real issue is that this scheme will leave the parks with no resources to stop the steady deterioration of the system. The Parks Department has identified nearly $44 million in urgent capital needs encompassing 27 of the 30 state parks. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]
[Source: Ronald J. Hansen, Arizona Republic] -- A developer and his partners have agreed to pay the state a record $12.1 million to settle a lawsuit that accused them of polluting the state's water, bulldozing protected land, fatally infecting bighorn sheep and destroying archaeological sites. The state's settlement with George H. Johnson and his business partners primarily involves a tract of desert in the Santa Cruz River Valley area of Pinal County that he wanted to turn into a 67,000-home development about the size of Tempe. The 2003 deal, which would have bordered Ironwood Forest National Monument, fell apart as some landowners resisted Johnson's offers and complained of strong-arm tactics intended to bully them into selling. He sold the land in 2004.
"This resolution is a strong message to anyone who would despoil our environmental heritage," Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard said. The settlement, to be split among five state agencies, is the largest environmental-enforcement action in Arizona history, Goddard said. Johnson still faces a federal lawsuit claiming water violations, Goddard said. John DiCaro, one of Johnson's lawyers, stressed that there was no admission of wrongdoing and that Johnson's insurance companies forced the settlement because they will pay for it. "This is a very expensive case to defend. They made a decision to settle," DiCaro said. "George is a very successful developer...He wants to put this case behind him."
Breakdown of costs:
- Johnson's contractors destroyed 270 acres of state trust lands near the Ironwood property in the area, known as the La Osa Ranch, the suit claimed. Additionally, contractors bulldozed 2,000 acres of private land without a permit and seven Hohokam archaeological sites, the state said (pictured).
- About $500,000 of the settlement will pay for trial-preparation costs, such as hiring expert witnesses in the case. A portion, $150,000, is to be used to establish a preservation fund for the Arizona State Museum.
- Goddard declined to give the state's estimate of environmental and archaeological damage, but DiCaro said the state had suggested it was $200 million.
- Under the agreement, Johnson must pay $7 million before Jan. 4.
- A firm he used, 3-F Contracting, must pay $5.05 million, and Preston Well Drilling must pay $61,500.
For Johnson, it is the most costly and prominent action taken against him and his businesses in recent years. Records show regulatory agencies have cited him 31 times from 1999 to 2005 for 93 suspected violations in Apache and Pinal counties. The citations range from trespassing to unauthorized construction. At least five of the citations were resolved with a consent order, in some cases with no admission of wrongdoing. Lawyers for the state said Johnson routinely skirted rules to force his developments. DiCaro said Johnson's regulatory record was irrelevant and could not comment about the citations raised by the state. [Photo source: Arizona Republic.]
The wolf reintroduction program originally predicted that by now, there would be a viable, self-sustaining population of 100 wolves and 18 breeding pairs in the wild. Instead, the service counted 59 wolves and six breeding pairs last winter during its official, once-a-year count. Since the first releases, the agency has removed 65 wolves permanently _ either by capturing them for permanent captivity or by killing them, said Dave Parsons, who oversaw the wolf recovery program from 1990 to 1999. He is now is carnivore conservation biologist for The Rewinding Institute. The wild population has been "propped up by continued releases far beyond what we thought would be necessary,'' he said.
[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: Associated Press.]
Thursday, December 20, 2007
The list has brought national attention to 189 significant buildings, sites and landscapes. At times, that attention has garnered public support to rescue a treasured landmark; while in other instances, it has been the impetus of a long battle to save an important piece of our history. America’s Eleven Most Endangered Historic Places list has been so successful in educating the public about the importance of preserving our nation’s history that more than 35 states now publish their own lists of endangered historic places. Among the many sites that have been listed are Historic Neighborhoods of New Orleans; Ellis Island in New York Harbor (pictured); 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 through Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Descriptions of past listings can be found at www.nationaltrust.org.
The National Trust uses three primary criteria to determine the eleven finalists: significance, urgency and potential solutions. For more information about the application process and to download the application, click here or call (202)588-6141. Nominations will be accepted until Jan. 4.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Grants from this fund range from $2,500 to $10,000. Nonprofit organizations and government agencies are eligible to apply. Individuals and for-profit businesses may also apply if the project for which funding is requested involves a National Historic Landmark. An electronic application form can be found on the National Trust's website. The postmark deadline is February 1, 2008.
February 1, 2008 is also the deadline for the Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation, the Hart Family Fund for Small Towns grant program, and the National Trust Preservation Fund grants. More information on these grants can be found on the National Trust's website, or by contacting the National Trust regional office in your area. Spread the word about this unique funding opportunity!
Monday, December 17, 2007
These are the people of Phoenix's Willo Historic District, and this is their annual home tour. Held during the winter (the next one is Feb. 10), about 15 homeowners open up their storybook cottages, most built in the 1920s and '30s in such styles as English Cotswold, Spanish mission and French provincial.
The homes were designed long before the imperative for entertainment centers, walk-in closets and a separate bedroom for each and every child. But, for the sake of abundant charm, the residents make adjustments. "A substantial majority have a storage facility somewhere, for the winter clothes," Bob Cannon, president of the neighborhood association, said with a chuckle. "The lack of storage and a garage is a challenge for some of the (newly arrived) suburbans to handle."
A historic district in Phoenix? Well, you have to stretch the concept a bit -- and New Englanders would split their sides with laughter -- but it is, after all, a young city. The Willo gained protection as a special conservation district in the 1980s, which spared it the distressing trend of mansionization. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]
THE MAP. We are thrilled to announce the debut of a Google-enhanced, zoomable, clickable version of our already-famous Modern Phoenix Neighborhood Map. Five years ago this knowledge was once the domain of word-of-mouth and a few scattered publications -- now you can pinpoint the heart of every modern neighborhood we have content about, and some swank modern landmarks to boot. Over 100 areas are identified. Still in beta, the map will keep growing this season as more resources are added. Click here!
TOP TEN SURVEY. We'd like your input in creating the NEW official 2008 Top Ten Modern Phoenix Neighborhood Map. From Arcadia to Brannandale to Campus Vista, we've got tons of neighborhoods listed for you weigh your opinion on. Only 100 votes will be counted, so represent yourself and your 'hood in our SurveyMonkey poll. Click here!
MESSAGE BOARD MAKEOVER. If you haven't already blown off a half-hour on Items One or Two, your jaded self must check out our new message board forums. We have a whole new look and tons of 2.0 features. Click here!
HISTORY. What would a major ModPhx upgrade be without juicy new content? You can peek inside the archives of our own personal home, The Hopkins House, and learn about the early postwar stylings of architect Ralph Haver. Our renovation progress may be slow, but the history of the home is long, and we hope you enjoy digging trough our archives as much as we did. Click here!
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So what did we learn to take care of our past? If we as a community are really interested in historic preservation, commercial and neighborhood, why not visit Telluride, Colo., and implement its preservation guidelines. Main Street Telluride is the closest you will ever come to Nogales 100 years ago.
A $30 million renovation and expansion of the Chandler High campus, at Arizona Avenue and Chandler Boulevard, was completed in 2005 and included a new career and technical education center, an Olympic-quality swimming pool and upgraded athletic facilities. Until 1998, Chandler High was the only public high school in the Chandler Unified School District, which now has four. The latest, Perry High, opened in August. Key events in the history of Chandler High:
- 1913: First classes in buildings at Cleveland (now Chandler Boulevard) and California streets.
- 1918: School graduates its first class.
- 1922: School completed at cost of $12,500.
- 1953: Football field moved to Erie Street and named Austin Field.
- 1995-96: Major renovation. Original building gutted, interior rebuilt, named Old Main.
- 2005: $30 million renovation and expansion, part of 2002 bond package, is completed. [Photo source: Arizona Republic.]
Sunday, December 16, 2007
You know about the outstanding education opportunity that the Conference offers. Don't yet know what there might be to love about Tulsa? Check out the Conference website to see just some of the unique sites and opportunities. There is NO other conference that immerses you so fully in the rich history, architecture, and culture of a region and a city -- all applied this year to the Southern Plains.
If you are from Oklahoma, you'll learn all sorts of new things about the state and the city, and if you are not... well, some people say you'll leave wishing you were.
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Friday, December 14, 2007
The self tour also includes the adobe Mexican-style home in Arcadia owned by Meghan and Jerry Hirsch. It was acquired in 1890 by Thomas Murphy of Detroit through the federal Desert Land Act. He transferred the house to his brother William. The house was used as a sheep weighing station and gatehouse, bunk house for ranch workers and now serves as a 5,000-square-foot home with nine fireplaces, hand-painted murals and garden courtyards. The entry door is 200 years old.
Tour travelers also will be routed to the Willo neighborhood in downtown Phoenix to see a Spanish colonial revival of 2,200 square feet with hardwood floors, coved ceilings, a terrace and guesthouse. Glen Hammond owns the home. Another tour stop is on Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley, showcasing a 7,000-square-foot Wiseman & Gale California ranch adobe home dating from the 1930s. Cost of the noon to 5 p.m. tour is $75. Booklets with maps, information and tickets to each home, can be purchased in advance. A limited number of brochures will be available on the day of the event. For more information, call 602-307-5330 or click here.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
PLT is for board members and staff of preservation organizations and agencies, Main Street communities, and others who are in a position to influence preservation efforts in their communities. The tuition for the program is $450; National Trust Forum members are eligible for a discounted tuition of $350. Participants are responsible for lodging costs, meals and transportation to and from the PLT site. A limited number of scholarships are available; please see the website for details. For more information, call 202-588-6067, or send an email.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Ed Zuercher, the Phoenix deputy city manager who initially decided to kill the artwork, said that he and other city officials were moved by the passion of several members of the arts community who want to see the piece erected, or, at the very least, have more of a public review. Zuercher had said that the artwork, which would be suspended about 55 feet in the air and supported by three large towers, would be too difficult to install in time for the November opening of the Civic Space park. He said "it appears a lot of people are concerned about the cost." However, the funding is mandated to be used for art under a city ordinance.
Monday, December 10, 2007
That's a welcome addition for homeowner Gilbert Chavez, whose 1930s-era home is now on the register. Chavez should see nearly a 50 percent reduction in his property taxes and has applied for grants to assist with improvements. The landscape architect would like to replace windows and replaster his Santa Fe-style home. He gave kudos to the city for assisting residents through the process. Glendale has 290 properties on the National Register, which began in 1966 to support, protect and coordinate properties considered worthy of preservation. The historic-district expansion into East Catlin Court is just one sign of renewal there. The neighborhood has been tentatively approved for a $50,000 city grant to begin planning streetscape improvements that could include trees and antique-looking streetlights that match others throughout downtown.
[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: VistGlendale.com.]
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Tickets are available now at the Mesa Historical Museum, 2345 N. Horne, or you can buy them online. Tickets are $25 per person and include a tour of more than a dozen historic buildings, complimentary lunch at RigaTony’s, a visit to the Mesa Historical Museum and dessert. All proceeds benefit the museum. As part of the tour, the Mesa Historical Museum produces an information-packed book, which is given to all tour participants. The book includes information on the styles of homes on the tour as well as the individual histories of the homes. The City of Mesa, RigaTony’s, The Arizona Republic, SRP and Americopy sponsor the 8th Annual Historic Home Tour. For more information, contact Mesa Historical Museum President and CEO Lisa Anderson at 480-835-7358.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
In 1948, the community center site was sold to a private party. “It’s a very interesting part of Glendale history,” Short said. “At the present time, 13 of the homes and the community center still meet eligibility requirements.” Buildings must be 50 years old and their exterior integrity maintained. Last year, Short said, the owners of the community center property came to the city with a plan to build eight homes on the one and one-half acres. To put in a cul-de-sac, the community center would have to be torn down. City planner Maryann Pickering said the owners submitted their plan for a first review Jan. 5. Pickering said, “We’ve told them we’re going to support five lots and they finish up the citizen participation process with the neighborhood.” The property owners, Jaime and Alfredo Lopez, last met with neighbors Jan. 29, Pickering said. She attended the meeting and said there were about 15 to 20 residents who showed up. “A lot of people were concerned with traffic,” Pickering said. “A lot of people were concerned about the historic character of the neighborhood.” Still others, she said, were concerned about public safety access into the area. “People didn’t like the fact an HOA would have to be created,” Pickering said. Anytime a subdivision is created in the city, retention is required and that is where the HOA comes in, Pickering said. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
For the next few months, the Commission will be holding hearings for the public and city leaders outlining why the center merits landmark status. Those who knew Kerr say she was instrumental in giving Scottsdale’s cultural scene a boost at a time when the area was not known for the arts. “She left a legacy of musical exposure,” said Charles Lewis, of Scottsdale. Lewis, a jazz pianist, met Kerr when he was a student at ASU in the 1950s. “Many of the artists who performed at the Phoenix Symphony and recitals would all come to her studio and have classical jam sessions,” said Lewis, who was a friend of Kerr’s son, Bill, while both attended ASU. Lewis said he would often attend dinners Kerr hosted at her Scottsdale home for artists and writers. At one point, Lewis said he moved into one of the small artist apartments on Kerr’s Scottsdale property, affectionately called “shacks.” “It was like its own artists’ community,” said Lewis, who recalled hearing famed violinist Isaac Stern practicing at Kerr’s studio. Kerr’s family members hope a historic designation will protect their matriarch’s property, which she bequeathed to Arizona State University so the institution could continue to celebrate her love of music with patrons of the venue. “The center is her legacy,” said Kerr’s great-granddaughter Kirby Weatherford, a sophomore at ASU. “It’s the only way to ensure it will be around for future generations to come.” Don Meserve, a planner with the city’s Historic Preservation office, said he hopes to have a decision by the City Council by March or April.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
"I'd like to see something in an ordinance that at least if it's listed on the state historic preservation list and also maybe the national, they might be eligible for the work to be done by the historic preservation committee." Mitchell said that in looking through ordinances and policies of other Arizona cities he found they have a person designated for inspections, citations and enforcement. "As you read through this (Casa Grande) ordinance, there is no one. It's the Historic Preservation Commission," which has no real enforcement powers, he said. "It talks about what the penalties are, and it's a class 2 misdemeanor, which means that you could be fined up to a thousand dollars and you have to bring the property back to the proper condition. However, there's no one to determine what that proper condition is, what the prior condition was, there's no one sent out to do any of the kinds of things that this ordinance has given the city the authority to do. So, those are some of problems we have." [Note: To read the full article, click here.]
Monday, December 03, 2007
The Grand Canyon State has an incredible amount of opportunities that can be highlighted and help increase tourism visitation and benefit local communities. Through conference sessions such as, how social media can be used to market cultural tourism and how to development dynamic cultural tourism destinations through effective marketing, AOT learned from best practice examples on how the agency can successfully promote our amazing cultural and heritage destinations in addition to the efforts we have already been doing.
[For more information about the Arizona Office of Tourism, click here. Also, visit the Arizona Heritage Traveler website to make your travel plans to historic and cultural sites and places in our state.]