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Desert Inn Motel has been demolished and no longer exists, but its signage is still erected on this vacant lot in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.

 

More info about this sign, the motel, and their sad demise is posted at Roadside Peek: Lost Treasures and at Modern Phoenix.

 

Location:

950 W. Van Buren Street

Phoenix, Arizona

This decaying motel/coffee shop sign is at the corner of 10th Avenue and W. Polk Street in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.

 

The huge chunk that is missing from the left side of the sign included the words "Desert Inn," "Swimming Pool," and an arrow. You can just make out what remains of the tip of the arrow. Text can be read for "Featuring On TV" and "Optional On TV" -- from what I can find, "On TV" was somewhat similar to cable in the 1970s. I can't locate information as to whether "On TV" was limited to the Phoenix Metro area or if it was national.

 

A photo of the sign from a few years back, before half of it was torn off, is posted at Modern Phoenix. More info about this sign, the motel, and their sad demise is posted at Roadside Peek: Lost Treasures.

 

Desert Inn Motel has been demolished and no longer exists, but its signage is still erected on a vacant lot (photo posted here).

Also on this tour was this contemporary by Ned Sawyer on the north side of Mummy Mountain.

"Wendell Burnette"

"Will Bruder"

"Frank Lloyd Wright"

Architecture

Modern

"Modern Architecture"

Design

"Modern Design"

"Modern Phoenix"

Masonry

"Solar Panels"

USGBC

LEED

"Wendell Burnette"

"Will Bruder"

"Frank Lloyd Wright"

Architecture

Modern

"Modern Architecture"

Design

"Modern Design"

"Modern Phoenix"

Masonry

"Solar Panels"

USGBC

LEED

"Wendell Burnette"

"Will Bruder"

"Frank Lloyd Wright"

Architecture

Modern

"Modern Architecture"

Design

"Modern Design"

"Modern Phoenix"

Masonry

"Solar Panels"

USGBC

LEED

Originally a Valley National Bank, this incredible structure was finished in 1968 and designed by Frank Henry. Mr. Henry was a designer at Weaver and Drover and now teaches at Taliesin West.

 

Visit Modern Phoenix for more information on this awesome Chase Bank branch.

Hampton Inn, a modernist excellence.

Originally a Valley National Bank, this incredible structure was finished in 1968 and designed by Frank Henry. Mr. Henry was a designer at Weaver and Drover and now teaches at Taliesin West.

 

Visit Modern Phoenix for more information on this awesome Chase Bank branch.

The Evertson Residence

By Ralph Haver AIA circa 1959 in the Marion Estates neighborhood

This rare split-level home was designed for contractor Sven Evertson and was called "Swedish Modern" in its time. It features a pitched roof that is steeper than typical Haver Homes but clad in one of his favorite finishes, wood. The roofline extends to shelter a complete guest suite downhill. Of all of Ralph Haver's homes, this design best expresses his concept of a "patio-port", where parking areas could be adapted for entertainment purposes. Minor alterations make the second-story suite a bit more spacious, but the home is otherwise much the same as the day it was built.

F. M. Guirey Residence

Architect: Fred M Guirey, FAIA

Year: 1941

Style: Historically Intact Midcentury Modern

This head-turner of a home has had two major expansions in its lifetime, both executed by Fred Guirey, FAIA. The first expansion was in the 50s; the second and final expansion was in 1964. The house and all of its furnishings are frozen in time from that 1964 expansion. The home was widely covered in the media, especially the 1970s, including for a home tour much like ours. Original landscape design was by Ray Moriuchi.

Modern Phoenix enjoyed seeing everyone's reactions as tourgoers entered and exited the house.

The Guireys' interntional liquor bottle collection (only partially on display in the lounge room) numbers in the thousands.

Historical documents and the article we comissioned by Walt Lockley, A Talent for Transparency, were on display.

Lambda Car Club lent the cars for the day.

Cold War Mushrooms (Dendriform Column) - Frank Henry, 1967

44th Street and Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

 

Unfortunately at least some of this icon may soon be gone in favor of more condos.

The very funky St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church | built 1967-72 | designed by Wendell Rossman of Cartmell & Rossman |

Scottsdale, AZ | © Geoffrey Goddard (2017)

 

#geoffreygoddardphotography

 

This was another house on the tour with the Beadle. This is the first stop. This is a Frank Lloyd Wright design inspired house. I can't recall if this was designed by Tucson home builder Tom Gist.

2009 Tour of Howard Madole's work up in Sedona.

This, once tallest tower in Phoenix, was designed by Al Beadle. All residential Units.

Originally a Valley National Bank, this incredible structure was finished in 1968 and designed by Frank Henry. Mr. Henry was a designer at Weaver and Drover and now teaches at Taliesin West.

 

Visit Modern Phoenix for more information on this awesome Chase Bank branch.

2009 Tour of Howard Madole's work up in Sedona.

Another home tour of architectural wonders for sale by Azarchitecture and Jarson & Jarson. This time, a Blaine Drake in Paradise Valley.

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