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Taliesin West offers summer discounts for Arizona residents

Architecutral Achievements - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011Taliesin West is a national historic landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains outside of Scottsdale. And with the warmer weather comes a hot deal to see Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural wonder for a special price.

Wright’s Taliesin West offers Arizona residents a 50 percent discount on all tours until September 30. Book your tour on zerve.com/taliesinwest or call 888-516-0811 and use code AZRESIDENT. This offer only valid on tours booked through Zerve.com.”

Taliesin West is also the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

Wright’s beloved winter home and the bustling headquarters of the Taliesin Fellowship, Taliesin West was established in 1937 and diligently handcrafted over many years into a utopian world unto itself. Deeply connected to the desert from which it was forged, Taliesin West possesses an almost prehistoric grandeur. It was built and maintained almost entirely by Wright and his apprentices, making it among the most personal of the architect’s creations

A lively community, Taliesin West is open to the public and offers a broad range of tours. Come experience the place that Wright called “the top of the world.”

Wright and wife Olgivanna wearing sporty fabric helmets and goggles, in a photo taken in 1948 in Phoenix)

Biltmore hosts Arizona Concours d’Elegance

The personal roadster of Frank Lloyd Wright, famous creations celebrating the 100-year history of a famous Italian design house, champion race car drivers, special feature events with racing legends and much more will all be part of an expanded second annual Arizona Concours d”Elegance on January 11, 2015. The historic Arizona Biltmore will again be the host hotel for this premier automotive event.

A highlight of the show at the iconic resort will be an exhibition of The Cars of Frank Lloyd Wright, and among the vehicles will be his 1937 AC 16/80 “Ace” roadster (pictured above). Wright was not only one of America’s most celebrated architects but also a dedicated car enthusiast who is being featured in tribute to his influence on the landmark design of the Arizona Biltmore.

The Cars of Carrozzeria Ghia, honoring the 100th anniversary of the famous Turin design house, will feature the exotic 1954 Fiat 8V, a unique and spectacular example of the coachbuilder’s artistry with an elegant coupé body unlike any other, and two entries by world-famous Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles: a custom-bodied 1953 Cadillac once owned by Hollywood actress Rita Hayworth and the exquisite 1954 Plymouth Explorer dream car.

Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 11.57.10 AMA special entry in the Pierce-Arrow class will be one of the most elegant and evocative automobiles of the 1930s classic era, a rare 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow. Only five were built and this is one of three known survivors. Introduced at the New York Auto show in January 1933, its revolutionary appearance stunned the crowd with what seemed to be an exciting vision of the future.

One of the greatest champions of auto racing, Sir Stirling Moss OBE, will be an honored guest at the second annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance. The British racing legend, who competed in vintage racing events until just a few years ago, is an active octogenarian who travels the world as an acclaimed diplomat for historic motorsports.

Two new featured events this year will be held the day before the Concours, January 10, in the Arizona Biltmore’s beautiful Grand Ballroom:

– The Phoenix Automotive Press Association (PAPA) will present a panel of collector-car experts who will discuss the trends of today’s market and what cars will get the most attention at the 2015 RM Auction at the Arizona Biltmore, which draws thousands of collectors and the most exotic and sought after supercars each year. The Arizona Concours d’Elegance will kick off the famous collector-car auction week in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. The Biltmore marks its 16th consecutive year of auction week involvement in 2015.

– At a special panel discussion entitled Elegance at Speed, three top designers will speak about race car design over the decades, including F1 and Indy Cars designer Nigel Bennett; Peter Brock, best-known for designing the Cobra Daytona Coupe for Carroll Shelby’s team to compete with at Le Mans; and Kip Wasenko, former director of design for GM’s Cadillac Division and designer of Cadillac’s Le Mans Prototype (LMP). The forum will be moderated by former race driver Lyn St. James, the second woman to race the Indianapolis 500 and the first selected rookie of the year in 1992.

Ninety rare and exceptional automobiles are entered in the 2015 Arizona Concours d’ Elegance and will be displayed on the verdant and manicured inner lawns of the legendary Arizona Biltmore. In addition to The Cars of Frank Lloyd Wright, The Cars of Carrozzeria Ghia and Pierce-Arrow, pre-1965 competition Ferraris also will be a specially featured class. Judges will select winners in 17 concours classes as well as a Best of Show. Other special awards will also be presented. Well-known veteran Concours judge John Carlson will again serve as chief judge. Keith Martin, publisher of Sports Car Market and American Car Collector magazines, will return as the event’s host and emcee, joined in 2015 by Donald Osborne, veteran collector-car writer and commentator.

The second annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance again will be a charity event benefitting Make-A-Wish Arizona, the founding chapter of the national organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. www.wishaz.org.

Concours d’Elegance tickets are $75. Tickets may be purchased at the event or in advance at www.ArizonaConcours.com.

For more information and hotel reservations, call the Arizona Biltmore at 800-950-0086 or 602-955-6600, or book online at www.arizonabiltmore.com.

New Biltmore Suite

Arizona Biltmore renovates more than 400 rooms

The Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort has launched a multi-million-dollar renovation that will offer guests modern and refined accommodations, while preserving the historic architecture and design that distinguish the grand dame of Phoenix.

The resort is re-mastering guest rooms and suites, meeting spaces, ballrooms, pre-function rooms, spa and salon, as well as the prohibition-era Mystery Room with a sophisticated new look that recalls the seductive style of the resort’s early years.

The renovation is being directed by Santa Barbara-based Smith & Firestone Associates (SFA), a leading international luxury hospitality interior design firm. The visual architects and interior designers of SFA are creating timeless refinement where classic luxury meets modern sanctuary. The redesign will be chic and contemporary, while continuing the original Frank Lloyd Wright style of organically incorporating the natural environment.

“We are thrilled to be completing this extensive renovation in time to celebrate our historic property’s 85th anniversary in 2014,” said Sarah Moran, Marketing and PR Manager for the Arizona Biltmore. “Our new design theme is a modern interpretation of classic elegance, with beautifully re-mastered accommodations and enhanced world-class facilities. The renovation will be done in phases with one self-contained building being completed at a time, which will allow for continuous operation of the resort during the duration of the project.”

The renovation includes the Paradise, Garden, Valley, Cottage and Terrace Court accommodations. A soft color palette of mist, linen and latte will create a light and cheerful ambiance in the guest rooms, juxtaposed with contrasting warm wood colors that emulate the natural tones of the surrounding desert. Specialty glass tops on bureaus in a thick mist color will bring the soothing atmosphere of a desert oasis indoors. Echoing the distinctive use of metals in the original hotel design, bronze and gold metal accents in the guest rooms will evoke a distinguished vintage ambiance.


Alumni Mobilize To Save Frank Lloyd Wright School

The words contained in the Last Will and Testament of Frank Lloyd Wright stand in contrast to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s announcement last month that it may close the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

Wright’s Will, written in 1958, leaves no doubt about his wishes and priorities. It notes the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is an outgrowth of the ‘Taliesin Fellowship’ which was created in 1932 to support the school. The will states, “The purpose of the Fellowship – a cultural endeavor – is, in addition, the encouragement of the fine arts by the education and teaching of the art of architecture and collateral crafts.”

The Foundation, while insisting it does not want to close the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, is exploring watered-down partnering options that could remove the School of its accreditation or potentially give much control to other institutions.

The Taliesin Fellows (the alumni organization) have rallied in support of the School as an independent subsidiary of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, encouraging the Foundation’s board and raising funds to explore ways of structuring the School so that it meets the governance requirements of the Higher Learning Commission, which were recently made more stringent.

The Foundation’s actions, if followed to their conclusion, could transform the School from a vibrant institution that trains future architects to an empty shell offering “boutique seminars,” or allowing another institution to grant degrees under the Wright’s name.

That’s not what Wright intended: his Will speaks for itself about his intentions for his legacy.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Will continues, “Since their inception the Foundation and Fellowship have operated as the equivalent of a college in preparation of American architects in which capacity they have rendered full service the past twenty-five years.”

In 1985 Wright’s widow, Olgivanna, wrote a letter to the North Central Association (now the Higher Learning Commission) seeking accreditation. The letter states in part, “Mr. Wright and I founded the Taliesin Fellowship to give meaning to the lives of young people studying architecture so that as life continued they would not lose their creative energies. This has been the Taliesin thesis.”

Frank Lloyd Wright’s grandson, Eric Lloyd Wright, recently told a Phoenix NPR station his grandfather would be disappointed by either option being proposed by the foundation. Wright told KJZZ, “The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation was to be there to see that the Taliesin Fellowship survived,” Eric Wright said. “It was to help it. And it’s done just the opposite. It’s gotten rid of it. And once the Taliesin Fellowship is gone … if you lose that you lose the concept of what my grandfather was trying to achieve.”

The Foundation’s actions have stunned students and alumni and many are now mobilizing to save their school. The alumni have established a “Friends of the School” campaign page on their website, and are encouraging the public to sign their petition (click here) prior to the Foundation’s board meeting on September 26th.

“We implore the Foundation to read Mr. & Mrs. Wright’s words carefully and reconsider the path it has taken. There is still time to act and ensure the school’s future as a vibrant and living legacy to Frank Lloyd Wright,” said Kimbal Thompson AIA, TF, LEED AP; Apprentice 1967-1968; Taliesin Fellows President 2006-2007; current Vice President. Thompson is a practicing architect in Hawaii.

“The Wrights were adamant about continuing their vision of a school; an alternative to traditional education. As Mrs. Wright wrote, ‘It is a place for self-motivated, inventive students’ to ‘drink from the source and develop their own technique.’ It is obvious the purpose of the Foundation is to further the education of architects, through an accredited degree,” said Dave Myers, RA, LEED AP, NCARB, TF. Myers graduated from the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in 2004 and is a practicing architect in St. Louis, MO.

Phoenix Wright House

Sale of home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright falls through

A sale of a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home that had been slated for demolition has fallen through and the home once again will go on the market, a real estate broker marketing the property said Monday, according to an Associated Press report.

The buyer, who has not been identified, decided during an inspection period to not proceed with the purchase because of unspecified personal and business reasons, said Robert Joffe. “I don’t think I’m ever going to know the truth.”

The home will again be listed for sale for $2,379,000, the price on which the now-canceled agreement was based, Joffe said.

However, he said the window to sell the home runs only until Dec. 4 because the Phoenix city council plans on Dec. 5 to consider approving an historic designation for the property.

“We cannot market it after the 4th because after that date, the property (value) will have been confiscated by the city and this will move to another arena,” Joffe said.

Joffe declined to elaborate when asked whether that means the development company would sue in court if the city approves the historic overlay designation, which would block demolition for three years.

An attorney for the company, 8081 Meridian, has threatened a lawsuit if the city approves an historic designation that reduces the property value. Arizona has a voter-approved state constitutional protection against government action that reduces property values.

The home dates from the early 1950s. Wright designed it for his son, David, and daughter-in-law, Gladys, who died in 1997 and 2008, respectively. Wright family members sold the property in 2008, and representatives of 8081 Meridian have said the company wasn’t aware of the home’s background when the company bought it for $1.8 million in June.

The company’s plan to demolish the home in order to redevelop the 2-acre property stirred controversy, particularly among architects and historical preservation advocates.

Photo: Hotel Valley Ho

Ultimate Art And Cultural Tours: Discover The History Behind Your Favorite Spots

For those Phoenicians who want to know more about the city in which they live and the history of its local buildings, museums and even fashion boutiques, Ultimate Art and Cultural Tours offers a behind-the-scene look at areas in Scottsdale and Phoenix.

Ultimate Art and Cultural Tours was founded by Ace Bailey, who created it after participating in other local and national art tours. Bailey has worked in the tourism business for 16 years, and with her extensive knowledge, Ultimate Art and Cultural Tours offers more than 30 different types of tours.

Because Scottsdale is a city known for its architecture, among other things, Ultimate Art and Cultural Tours offers six tours that would please any architect lover. One of the tours of which attendees can take advantage is through Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed Taliesin West, where he apprenticed new architects at his school and also created a home that was harmonious with nature. Another one of the tour’s hotspots is Hotel Valley Ho, designed by Edward L. Varney, who created other notable structures such as the Sun Devils Stadium. Hotel Valley Ho was later remodeled by architect Mark Philip but has stayed true to its past. Visitors will learn about the history of the hotel, and how it was a hotspot for celebrity guests such as Marilyn Monroe, Robert Wagner with Natalie Woods.

Ultimate Art and Cultural Tours even offers free tours the second Saturday of each month. Attendees will take one of the Scottsdale trolleys and learn about the Scottsdale Art District, Hotel Valley Ho, the Waterfront and SouthBridge. On these tours, attendees not only learn about the history of Scottsdale, but they also get inside tips about which restaurants are the best to eat at and where they should stop to shop. These tours fill up quickly, so reservations are required.

To find more information the Ultimate Art and Cultural Tours and to make reservations, visit ultimatearttours.com.


La Casa Builders

La Casa Builders: A Well-Built Partnership

La Casa Builders Inc. started on solid rock.

“I was building a home at the base of Pinnacle Peak Mountain,” recalls Ron Steege, a co-principal, with Tim Larson of the Scottsdale-based custom builder now in its 20th year. The 10,000-square-foot north Scottsdale home was designed by John Rattenbury, senior architect at Taliesin Architects, founded by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Larson owned Tim Larson Custom Carpentry. “Ron hired me to do the interior trim carpentry in the home. Things went well, and after he finished it, we decided to continue on together,” recalls the native of Ada, Minn., where he graduated from high school in 1977, attended East Grand Forks Technical School for Construction and worked for and eventually purchased a general contracting company.

“I became very impressed with Tim’s skill, work ethic and personal integrity. I asked him to join me in a general contracting venture,” says Steege, born and raised in Bloomington, Ill. There he graduated from high school in 1963 and pursued design education at the Art Institute of Pittsburg, the Ray Vogue Art Academy in Chicago and Illinois State University.

This combination of Steege’s design skills and Larson’s master craftsmanship has allowed each man to contribute individual expertise and synthesize a partnership that has made La Casa one of the Valley’s most-respected luxury builders and premium remodelers.

Essential to the success has been continuing friendship: “There was and is a chemistry that Ron and I have together that is hard to explain,” Larson explains. “It’s like he is my brother.”

At Home Building Homes

La Casa BuildersA specialist at desert and hillside construction as well as golf course lots, La Casa has built customs in luxury communities such as Silverleaf, DC Ranch and Desert Highlands in Scottsdale and on premium sites in Phoenix, Paradise Valley and Carefree.

“Our passion, from the day we started until today, has been to build timeless ‘works of art’ utilizing the very best in materials, craftsmanship and technology,” Steege says.

Flexibly adapting to their clients’ visions, they have built in styles as diverse as Mediterranean, Spanish Colonial, Tuscan and Contemporary as well as created fusions realizing the visions of their clients.

Inspired by the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright, the firm also completed a renovation of the hillside Lykes/Melton home ― designed by Wright just before his death in 1959.La Casa Builders

“Our goal was to conserve the character and integrity of Wright’s work but bring the livability features of the home into the 21st century,” Steege says of the 1994 project.

La Casa also excels in green, or sustainable, homes, implementing strategies such as recycling Douglas fir beams from a 70-year-old saw mill in Oregon, Low-E glass, high-SEER-rated HVAC systems with HEPA filters, tankless water heaters, lighting-control systems, foam insulation and geothermal technology to heat and cool a home.

After schooling, Steege worked as a graphic designer, freelance illustrator and art director for Country Companies Insurance Company before moving to Arizona in the middle ‘70s with his wife Jennifer to start a design/build company. An artist, she grew up on a farm in central Illinois, and they met in an art class at Illinois State University.

“We looked all over the Southwest and fell in love with Arizona ― everything about it: the climate, the people. Most of all the diversity of the Sonoran Desert totally captivated us,” recalls Steege, who lives with Jennifer in downtown Scottsdale.

La Casa BuildersThey started in Tucson, renovating doctors’ offices, dental clinics and homes, including that of singer Linda Ronstadt’s grandparents, which is now owned by her uncle and aunt.
They relocated to the Valley to work with Gerry Jones, who has designed and built many hillside homes in Paradise Valley and Carefree for clients such as Hugh Downs, Paul Harvey and the Darlington family.

“Gerry taught me the art and science of building complex desert homes on difficult sites utilizing the best materials and craftsmen,” Steege says. “Tim and I still embrace many of the methods and techniques taught by Gerry in our current projects.”

Larson, meanwhile, moved to Arizona in January 1985 with his wife, Carol ― she’s an elementary school teacher ― from native Ada, Minn., to join her parents, who had relocated here two years earlier, as well as to get away from northern winters and, at the same time, reap some of the carpentry work in the growing Valley. He and Carol are also Scottsdale residents.

Desert weather perfectly dovetailed his skills and aptitude: “I have always been a hands-on active type person, so that’s what I like about the construction field,” Larson says. “I like to see the progress that you can make every day. Every day is new and different. It is never monotonous.”

Integrity, Detail, Service

La Casa BuildersStart-up La Casa was Larson, the Steeges and one laborer. “We actually worked out of our homes and a trailer on site,” Steege recalls, noting that Jennifer was the office administrator for the first 10 years.

Mostly, the company did remodeling for the first eight years. In 1998, they built a large custom home.  “After that, more new home opportunities came up, and since then we have been doing more new construction than remodeling,” Larson says.

Today, their core staff includes an additional eight employees, who handle municipal permits and reviews, cost analysis, value engineering, construction specifications, competitive bidding, sub-contractor and supplier selection, project management and administration.

An additional 50 to 100 personnel work in the field on projects. “Over the 20 years, we have gained experience selecting subcontractors,” Larson explains. “Just being the least expensive person isn’t always good. You have to know if a company has sufficient crews to handle the work. You also need to know their level of craftsmanship.”

He adds: “When we have a good subcontractor, we like to stick with them because they know what we like and dislike. Some subcontractors are good for a while and lose a key employee, and then we have problems. It’s a daily process of keeping good quality subcontractors.”

To do otherwise would be to shortcut clients ― a breach of the company’s mission of integrity, detail and service.

“Many of our clients may only build or renovate one home in their lifetime, and we want that experience to be positive and enjoyable,” Steege says. “Our daily reality is that we build dreams, and Tim and I, and the La Casa family, take that responsibility very seriously.”

For more information about La Casa Builders, visit lacasabuilders.com.

Architecutral Achievements - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011

Architectural Achievements – Arizona's Centennial

Arizona’s Architectural Achievements

Masterpieces of style and design have graced Arizona’s diverse landscape for the past 100 years.

Maybe it’s the year-round beautiful weather, or perhaps the diversity of the state itself. No matter the reason, Arizona has undeniably mastered architectural innovation and splendor.

Over the past 100 years, buildings of every purpose and design have decorated city skylines and added artistic elements to the already magnificent desert. Achieving both visual superiority and sustainability, architectural achievements in Arizona range from remote chapels to huge office complexes. AZRE’s Centennial Series celebrates the end of commemorating the past 100 years by honoring these truly remarkable accomplishments.

Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Courthouse
Architect: Richard Meier
Year: 2000

The Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Courthouse is hard to miss with a six-story wall of glass splendor. The courthouse’s drum-shaped special proceedings courtroom follows the glass trend with a circular-lens ceiling. This modern architectural achievement reflects a monochrome and sleek style of construction. Most impressively, the courthouse integrates an innovative cooling system in order for climate control. This evaporative system brings outside air into the atrium and under the roof, where it travels to the courthouse block.

Architectural Achievements - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011Burton Barr Library
Architect: Bruder and DWL Architects
Year: 1995

With 280,000 SF distributed over five levels, the Burton Barr Library is a grand sight. Unique architectural touches throughout the library are influenced by both nature and trends in global design. The building’s shape is inspired by Monument Valley’s scenic beauty, with a curving copper mesa split by a stainless steel canyon. A spacious atrium with nine skylights known as The Crystal Canyon allows for the flow of natural sunlight. Shade sails fashioned by sail makers in Maine and accents of bright blue Venetian plaster establish a one-of-a-kind feel for visitors. A “floating ceiling” suspended by cables over the Great Reading Room creates a special ambience that cannot be replicated.

Architectural Achievements - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011Taliesin West
Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright
Year: 1937

Famous for his fusion of artistic beauty and practical functionality, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West is no exception. Originally designed as Wright’s winter home, studio and architectural campus, Taliesin West is headquarters for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Located in northeast Scottsdale, it brings life and light to the foothills with an integration of indoor and outdoor spaces. Dramatic terraces, gardens and walkways overlooking the Sonoran Desert connect all parts of Taliesin West in a scenic fashion. As the sun sets and nighttime approaches, its structures are lit from within to produce a breathtakingly luminous effect.

Architectural Achievements - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011Luhrs Building
Architect: Trost & Trost
Year: 1924

Located in Downtown Phoenix, the 10-story Luhrs Building was designed by the El Paso architectural firm Trost & Trost. Following its construction, the top four floors were reserved for the Arizona Club, including a dining room, lounges, bedrooms and other conveniences for members. It provided space for the Arizona Club until 1971. Floors below were leased as office space. The building is uniquely L-shaped and covered with brown brick on its exterior. Elaborate marble detailing decorates the uppermost two floors, and a heavy cornice sets off the top. The Luhrs Building continues to be one of Downtown Phoenix’s most memorable buildings, and serves as a landmark for the city’s past.

Architectural Achievements - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011The Arizona Biltmore
Architect: Albert Chase McArthur
Year: 1929

Crowned “The Jewel of the Desert,” the Arizona Biltmore is the sole existing hotel to have a Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced design. Upon its construction, the hotel represented luxury and extravagance. A geometric pattern in the building resembling a palm tree, fine furniture, carpets and murals are some of the Biltmore’s defining amenities. Constant renovations and additions, including a 20,000 SF spa, have kept the hotel an oasis for celebrities, politicians and world travelers. It recently received the Urban Land Institute’s “Heritage Award of Excellence” for architectural superiority as well as overall quality of service.

Architectural Achievements - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011Chapel of the Holy Cross
Architect: Anshen & Allen
Year: 1956

This spiritual structure serves as a landmark not only in Sedona, but for all of Arizona. Marguerite Bruswig Staude was inspired to design a place of worship as thanks to her creator. After traveling to Europe with her husband in hope of finding the ideal place, she returned to the U.S. where Sedona’s beauty overtook her. Perched on a twin pinnacle spur jutting out from a 1,000-foot wall of rock, the Chapel sits surrounded by red mountains. The Chapel has been maintained by the Diocese of Phoenix and St. John Vianney parish since 1969.

Architectural Achievements - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011Farmer Studios
Architect: Architekton
Year: 2004

Farmer Studios continuously proves to be the epitome of a sustainable building. The economical “flex” creates a pedestrian environment between Tempe and the Sunset/Riverside residential area. Every aspect of functionality was taken into consideration with the design. Retail, office and residential studios are all possibilities for this truly flexible space. With a “gravel pave” parking system to reduce the heat island effect, a sunken courtyard for rainwater retention and custom shade devices for sun protection, Farmer Studios is a prototypical example of modern sustainability.

Architectural Achievements - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011Arcosanti
Architect: Paolo Soleri
Year: 1970-present

The experimental town of Arcosanti developed by Paolo Soleri combines architecture and ecology like never before through “arcology.” This innovative project, some 70 miles north of Phoenix, demonstrates ways to improve an urban atmosphere while minimizing environmental damage. Arcosanti is both visually and scientifically impressive, projecting a practical yet unique way of living. Greenhouses in Arcosanti not only provide garden space, but also serve as solar collectors. Apartments, businesses, production, technology, open space and studios are all included in the town, offering a complex and creative environment for visitors.

Architectural Achievements - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011University of Arizona Stevie Eller Dance Theatre
Architect: Gould Evans
Year: 2003

Honored with a 2003 Citation Award from AIA Arizona, the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre is an architectural treasure in Tucson. This 28,600 SF complex on the University of Arizona campus boasts a 300-seat theatre, orchestra pit, an outdoor stage, fly tower and control suite, catwalks and indoor/outdoor lobby, as well as scene and costume shops. A unique glass box located on the second floor functions as a display window to the outdoor campus mall. Dancers’ shadows are visible moving from the catwalk to the dance studio, portraying the importance of movement.

Architectural Achievements - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011Prayer Pavilion of Light
Architect: DeBartalo Architects
Year: 2007

This tranquil chapel welcomes visitors from all over Phoenix. A true “place of light,” the structure is a 2,500 SF glass box bordered by courtyards. Providing extensive views of the city, the chapel appears to glow brightly at night and can be seen from miles away. DeBartalo Architects intentionally isolated the building on a hill to create serenity. The zigzagging path leading to the pavilion is lined with tall steel plates, creating a unique tunnel effect. A reflection pool and enormous steel cross serve as defining features for the Prayer Pavilion of Light, making every visit one of visual superiority.

AZRE Magazine November/December 2011

100 Years of Notable Arizonans, Arizona Centennial Series

Centennial Series: 100 Years of Notable Arizonans

Arizonans who made a notable impact to Arizona & American history:

100 Years of Notable Arizonans - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011


100 Years of Notable Arizonans:


Dr. Richard Carmona

Served as the 17th U.S. Surgeon General during the Bush Administration

Raul H. Castro

First Hispanic governor of Arizona; U.S. ambassador to Argentina

Cesar Chavez


Labor rights activist; union organizer Notable Arizonans, Arizona Centennial

Barry Goldwater


U.S. Senator; 1968 Republican presidential nominee

Carl Hayden


U.S. Senator; still holds the record for the longest service in Congress

Percival Lowell


Astronomer; founder of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff

Frank Luke


World War I ace fighter pilot; Luke Air Force Base is named in his honor Frank Luke, 100 Years Notable Arizonans, Centennial

Rose Mofford

First woman governor of Arizona

John McCain

U.S. Senator; 2008 Republican presidential nominee; Vietnam War POW

Evan Mecham


First Arizona governor to be impeached
Sandra Day O’Connor

First woman on the U.S. Supreme Court; ASU Law School named after her

Sandra Day O'Connor, 100 Years Notable Arizonans, Centennial

Lori Piestewa


First Native American woman killed in combat while serving in the U.S. military

Pat Tillman


Arizona Cardinals player; U.S. Army Ranger killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan Pat Tillman, 100 Years Notable Arizonans, Centennial

Morris “Mo” Udall


U.S. Representative; pro basketball player; presidential candidate Morris "Mo" Udall, 100 Years Notable Arizonans, Centennial

Frank Lloyd Wright


Renowned and highly influential architect

Frank Lloyd Wright, 100 Years Notable Arizonans, Centennial

[stextbox id=”grey”]Photos: Cesar Chavez/Jon Lewis; Pat Tillman/Gene Lower (Slingshot); Morris Udall/University of Arizona Library; Frank Luke/U.S. Air Force; Sandra Day O’Connor/Arizona Board of Regents; Frank Lloyd Wright/Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation[/stextbox]

Frank Lloyd Wright, AZRE Magazine May/June 2011

Del E. Webb: A Pioneer In Arizona's Construction Industry

From high school dropout to New York Yankees owner to renowned construction mogul, Del E. Webb created a company that evolved into one of the largest developers in the state and the U.S., thus earning him the crown as the most influential person in Arizona’s commercial real estate history over the past 100 years.

Born in Fresno, Calif., Webb cut his academic career short in 1915, taking an interest in carpentry and baseball. For nearly 13 years, Webb worked as a carpenter strictly for companies with baseball teams in order to make his living and stay close to his sports passion. In 1927, at the age of 28, Webb moved to Phoenix after contracting typhoid fever. The next year, he began focusing solely on construction.

Del E. Webb, AZRE Magazine May/June 2011His first projects included rebuilding a Sears store, local grocery markets and public sector projects, especially schools. With these jobs, Webb was able to stay afloat during the Great Depression and keep his company moving forward.

After a combined project with The White Miller Construction Company, the Del E. Webb Construction Company was well on its way to being one of the top contractors in Arizona. He became so successful that in 1945 Webb and two other partners purchased the New York Yankees for about $3M. Webb was a co-owner until 1964.

During World War II, Webb was contracted to build air bases and military installations in Arizona and Southern California, but it wasn’t until 1960 that Webb’s construction would truly take the housing industry by storm.

Webb’s Sun City housing project addressed the need for senior communities and prospered well into the 1990s. With a shopping and recreation center, golf course and five house models, Sun City truly put Webb on the real estate map and even landed him on the cover of Time Magazine. Today, Webb’s Sun Cities continue to grow.

In 2001, the Del Webb Corp. was purchased by Pulte Homes, which has since merged with Centex Corp. to become the PulteGroup.

Webb died at age 75 in Rochester, Minn., following surgery for lung cancer, but his legacy lives on. There is the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University, the Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City, the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts in Wickenburg, and the Del E. Webb Outpatient Center in Prescott Valley, just to name a few.

For more information about Del E. Webb’s PulteGroup, visit pultegroupinc.com.

AZRE Magazine May/June 2011

AZRE Magazine May/June 2011

Centennial Series: Most Influential People In Arizona Commercial Real Estate

As part of AZRE magazine’s Centennial Series, find out who made the list of the most influential people in Arizona Commercial Real Estate.

Most Influential People In Arizona Commercial Real Estate

Roy P. Drachman Sr. (1906 – 2002)
Roy Drachman Realty Company, Real Estate Development

Roy Drachman, AZRE Magazine May/June 2011Known as “Mr. Tucson,” Roy Drachman’s love for the city helped put Tucson on the map. A real estate tycoon who landed the Hughes Missile Systems Company site, Drachman also petitioned to build better streets, waterways and schools in his beloved city. He is responsible for bringing Major League Baseball teams to Arizona for spring training (the Cleveland Indians began training in Tucson in 1947). Throughout his career, Drachman donated generously to the University of Arizona, mostly for its cancer research. He funded a scholarship at the UA College of Architecture for upperclassmen who show proficiency in design. UA named its Institute for Land and Regional Development Studies after him. (Photo: Drachman family)

Grady Gammage, Jr.
Gammage & Burnham, Attorneys At Law, Real Estate Lawyer

Arizona Commercial Real Estate, AZRE Magazine May/June 2011For the past 20 years, Grady Gammage, Jr. has practiced law at Gammage & Burnham, taking on real estate projects such as redevelopment, high-rise buildings and planned communities. Gammage was a board member of the Central Arizona Project for two, six-year terms, beginning in 1996. Gammage’s urban mixed projects in Tempe won him three architectural awards. He is also affiliated with Arizona State University as an adjunct professor at the College of Law, the College of Architecture and Urban Design, as well as a Senior Fellow at the Morrison Institute. (Photo: Gammage & Burnham)

William Haug
Jennings Haug & Cunningham, Real Estate Lawyer

Arizona Commercial Real Estate, AZRE Magazine May/June 2011William Haug has dedicated much of his career to developing and establishing construction and surety law in Arizona. His leadership in the practice was recognized with his induction in the inaugural Maricopa County Bar Association Hall of Fame for his role in developing the practice of construction law. Haug developed his practice in complex dispute resolution in construction, fidelity and surety law. For more than 35 years, Haug has been an arbitrator and mediator. He joined the firm in 1981, became one of the original construction lawyers in Arizona, and paved the way for the practice to develop as construction across the state grew with its population. (Photo: Jennings Haug & Cunningham)

Sam Kitchell (1923 – 2006)
Kitchell Construction, General Contractor

Arizona Commercial Real Estate, AZRE Magazine May/June 2011Originally named Kitchell Phillips Contractors, Sam Kitchell started the company in 1950 with then partner James B. Phillips. Its construction of Safeway stores and local schools helped Kitchell evolve into one of the top 10 largest private companies in Arizona and one of the top 75 construction companies in the country. One of Kitchell’s main focuses included healthcare projects, which led to the construction of Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, the Mayo Clinic of Scottsdale, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Scripps Memorial Hospital in California, to name a few. (Photo: Kitchell Construction)

J. Daryl Lippincott (1924 – 2008)
CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), Real Estate Broker

Arizona Commercial Real Estate, AZRE Magazine May/June 2011Daryl Lippincott directed the CBRE Phoenix office from its opening in 1952. With retail stores such as Goldwater’s, Diamond’s, Leonard’s Luggage and Switzers, Lippincott helped build Arizona’s first shopping mall — Park Central. In 1957, Lippincott helped the Phoenix office expand to other services, including mortgage loans, property management and was later announced as the head of CBRE’s Southwest Division. Lippincott shaped both CBRE and the commercial real estate industry with his retail and commercial projects. (Photo: CBRE)

John F. Long (1920 – 2008)
John F. Long Properties, Homebuilder

Arizona Commercial Real Estate, AZRE Magazine May/June 2011John F. Long symbolizes the Phoenix transition from desert to urban city. His 1954 Maryvale project, named after his wife, established a base for all future affordable housing in the Valley. With an emphasis on quality, Long also built the Solar One housing development, getting a head start on sustainable practices. Long’s projects were built with everything in mind; hospitals, golf courses and shopping centers, giving homeowners whatever they needed within close reach. As one of Arizona’s most influential builders, Long is in the Arizona Business Hall of Fame and was awarded the first WESTMARC Lifetime Achievement Award, which has since been named after him. (Photo: John F. Long Properties)

Rusty Lyon
Westcor, Retail Development and Management

Arizona Commercial Real Estate, AZRE Magazine May/June 2011During his more than 40 years as CEO of Westcor, Rusty Lyon led the way in retail development and continues to contribute to the public’s shopping needs. Retailers have turned Westcor into the largest owner of commercial real estate properties, with projects such as Scottsdale Fashion Square, Chandler Fashion Center, San Tan Village, Flagstaff Mall & The Marketplace, Prescott Gateway Mall, Biltmore Fashion Park and The Boulders Resort. (Photo: Macerich)

M. M. Sundt (1863 – 1942)
Sundt Construction Co., General Contractor

Arizona Commercial Real Estate, AZRE Magazine May/June 2011Sundt Construction was founded in 1890 by Mauritz Martinsen Sundt, a Norwegian ship carpenter who immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager. The company’s early projects were homes and farm structures in northern New Mexico. In 1929, Sundt built a Methodist Church in Tucson. The project was directed by John Sundt, one of Mauritz’s 12 children. John liked Tucson, and decided to stay. Sundt‘s clients today are industrial, commercial and government projects, both nationally and internationally. In 1936 the company was awarded a contract for six projects, one of which was the expansion of the University of Arizona’s Tucson campus. In 1956, Sundt began construction on one of its biggest military projects, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson. (Photo: Sundt Construction)

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867 – 1959)
Architect, Interior Designer

Arizona Commercial Real Estate, AZRE Magazine May/June 2011Frank Lloyd Wright spent most of his life designing homes, buildings and museums that changed the world of architecture. Wright designed more than 1,000 projects and more than 500 were actually built. Thirteen are in Arizona and are some of his most famous designs. Wright’s summer home, Taliesin West in Scottsdale, is also home to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s international headquarters, where an archive of all his sketches and projects is housed. ASU students have a constant reminder of Wright’s architectural genius with the Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium, named after Dr. Grady Gammage, ASU’s president from 1933 to 1959. (Photo: Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation)

AZRE Magazine May/June 2011