Thursday, May 15, 2008

Scottsdale's Kerr center moves closer to historic status

[Source: Julie Janovsky, East Valley Tribune] -- After months of negotiations between representatives of Arizona State University and the city, Scottsdale’s Historic Preservation Commission voted unanimously Thursday evening to accept a historic conservation easement that would protect the exterior of the center’s two adobe buildings and less than one-third of the property’s 1.65 acres, for the next 50 years.

Advocates for Kerr Cultural Center and several members of Louise Lincoln Kerr’s family reluctantly accepted the proposed easement and expressed disappointment, saying they felt ASU, the property owner, didn’t go far enough in ensuring protection of the cultural facility because it did not include the center’s interior structures and parking lot as protected areas. Patricia Myers, co-chairwoman of the Concerned Citizens for the Kerr Cultural Center advocacy group, said she’s worried the omission of those items could mean the center at 6110 N. Scottsdale Road could one day be in jeopardy. The center, which Kerr willed to ASU upon her death in 1977, has been hosting concerts and cultural events for nearly 50 years.

[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: Ralph Freso, East Valley Tribune.]