Daily Archives: April 18, 2009
Come celebrate the 100th anniversary of the M. Edward Morin House, Wednesday, April 29, 2009:
- Open House ~ 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- Short Program ~ 6 p.m.
Originally located at 1115 N. 2nd St. in the Evans Churchill neighborhood, this threatened historic structure was moved through the streets of downtown Phoenix during the wee hours of September 8, 2007 to its current Roosevelt neighborhood location. Owner Dan Klocke has rehabilitated the structure to its former glory as office space, and he invites you to see the final product.
The M. Edward Morin House was built in 1909 and is one of a handful of two story brick homes from that era in all of Phoenix. Morin and his wife D’Etta were the owners of the Phoenix Bottling Works at the turn of the last century and built the home as a testament to their hard work. The 2.000 square foot house employs a unique blend of Queen Anne massinq, featurinq an octagonal projection at the south end, with Colonial Revival ornamentation, including a classical entablature supported by Ionic columns. Craftsmen details are also present, such as overhanqinq eaves with exposed rafter ends.
The property was a sinqle family home until the late 1930’s, served as an apartment for many years, and until recently was an office and home to Orcutt Winslow Architects. Threatened with demolition, the current owner moved the house from 2nd Street and Moreland to its current site.
While all of the floors, windows, and character pieces have been restored, the electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems are all brand new. The first floor has restored leaded glass windows and woodwork in the lobby, front room, and large back room, complete with massive pocket doors.
[Source: Mike Sunnucks, Phoenix Business Journal] — Phoenix-area cities are lobbying for federal stimulus money to fix up the Central Avenue transit center in downtown Phoenix; build park and ride lots in Scottsdale, Mesa, Goodyear, and Avondale; and create more shade structures at Metro light rail and bus stops.
The city of Phoenix is spearheading the effort and will apply on behalf of the region for the federal money. The Valley Metro transit agency and Phoenix’s Transit Department will hold a public hearing on the stimulus requests Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at 302 N. First Ave. in Phoenix. The region is asking for money to:
- Fix up the Central Station in downtown Phoenix, which serves as a light rail stop and bus hub.
- Improve bus stops throughout Phoenix.
- Build commuter park and ride lots in Scottsdale, on the west side and Mesa.
- Fix up others lots, including locations at Happy Valley Road and Interstate 17.