Daily Archives: October 21, 2010

Clean-up of Historic Pugh House in downtown Phoenix TOMORROW!

The Charles Pugh House, the last of Central Phoenix’s original 19th century Victorians is a significant historic building that’s become an eyesore in the downtown Phoenix community and a beacon for illegal dumping, trespassing, and other issues that spill over into the neighborhood.

Event Information

Join downtown Phoenix residents who are interested in cleaning up in and around the historic Charles Pugh House. We will be meeting at the house at 362 N. 2nd Ave (map) at 9AM, tomorrow October 22nd.

For more information on the clean-up, contact Joe Murphy at joseph.murphy@phoenix.gov or  visit the Friends of the Charles Pugh House on Facebook.  A Facebook event page has also been created.

About the Charles Pugh House

[Source: Downtown Phoenix Journal]

The Charles Pugh House is a complete anomaly: easily missed on this quiet stretch of 2nd Avenue between Copper Square and Roosevelt, yet brightly bold and architecturally distinctive, despite requiring some serious TLC.

Queen Anne style, the home was built c.1897, but it is evident that some alterations have taken place over the years. The home is brick with a stone foundation, and features a classic hip roof and hand-carved brackets at the eave. Decorative shingles on the gable, stained glass windows and a bay ell made this house a standout in its heyday.

The home, built by Pugh, the editor and proprietor of the Southwestern Stockman, was occupied well into the 20th century, and received a significant alteration and addition to the rear, as well as the addition of the front courtyard, which is still in good shape despite its neglect.

Today, the building sits in the shadows of O’Neil Printing and the YMCA, boarded up and in need of a power wash. It almost looks like something out of a Tim Burton movie, but it certainly could be resurrected into a great little gift shop or museum. Only time will tell…

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Downtown Phoenix Public Market Call for “Bake Sale” Cakes

The Urban Grocery and Wine Bar at Phoenix Public Market is celebrating its first anniversary on Wednesday, October 27. We’re looking for bakers and ice cream makers who’d like to help us celebrate.


WHAT: A decorated cake contest and ice cream churn-off. Market goers will vote for the best-decorated cake and favorite ice cream. There will also be a non-professional “bake sale” category

WHEN: Wednesday, October 27. Cake display, ice cream sampling and informal voting from 4 to 6 p.m. 6 pm cake cutting and serving

WHERE: Phoenix Public Market, 14 E. Pierce Street, Phoenix. A “birthday” booth in the outdoor market

REQUEST: For bakers they’re looking for a cake creatively decorated with a market theme, any size.*** For ice cream makers, they’d like you to serve up to 200 small samples, preferably highlighting a local ingredient. If necessary, you may drop off your donations, but they’d prefer to have you stay and promote your business.


Ice cream vendors, please coordinate with us to make sure we are well-stocked with your product in the urban grocery – Must have your permits from the MCESD for this.

Note that cream cakes are not allowed. Here’s the Maricopa County regulation:  http://www.maricopa.gov/EnvSvc/EnvHealth/docs/bake%20Sale.pdf


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Ghost tours at the Hotel San Carlos in Downtown Phoenix

[Source: Jennifer McClellan, The Arizona Republic]


Cathy Bruegger/Special for azcentral.com


Guests on the weekly ghost tours of the Hotel San Carlos in downtown Phoenix get a good dose of the spooks, even if phantoms that allegedly haunt the hotel actually don’t materialize.

On Friday and Saturday nights through December, the tours take camera-carrying guests to rumored paranormal hotspots in the historic hotel and its pool. Guides from Ghosts of Phoenix, which runs the tours in partnership with the hotel, tell the real-life stories behind each haunt while peppering in tidbits about the hotel.

The guides aren’t paranormal investigators and they don’t promise guests that they’ll see spirits wandering the hallways. During check-in, the lead guide says that if guests think they experience something paranormal, like smelling the strawberry perfume of the woman who is said to haunt the seventh floor or being touched by one of the children who haunt the dreary basement, they should “look for the scientific explanations first.”

“Catching paranormal activity is like finding a needle in a haystack,” tour manager Linda Lieberman said. “TV shows make it seem like if you’re there for an hour, you’ll see three ghosts, but that’s not how it is. Our tour is a nice walk through a beautiful historical hotel, and every once in a while ghosts feel like messing with us.”

The Hotel San Carlos opened in 1928, and was the first high-rise hotel in the city with both elevators and air-conditioning. The then-posh hotel was a favorite playground for visiting movie stars and the vacationing well-to-do.

Stars such as Mae West, Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe stayed at the hotel. These days, though, the hotel’s reputed ghosts keep it famous. Along with being featured on Travel Channel‘s “Weird Travels: Haunted Hotels” and Horror.com’s “Top 10 Haunted Hotels,” hordes of paranormal investigators, psychics and mediums scour the hotel’s creaky stairwells, narrow hallways and musty basement in search of apparitions.

Alleged haunts include the ghost of Leone Jensen, who, wearing an evening gown, stepped off the roof to her death. The story is that the 22-year-old was heartbroken at the lost love of a bellboy at a nearby hotel. She’s said to target dark-haired men, whom she reportedly watches in their sleep and follows along the hallways.

In the basement, a large low-ceilinged area and one of two areas on the tour that are usually off-limits to the public, the ghosts of three schoolboys and their dog are said to play. Inside the second-floor manager’s apartment, spirits supposedly like to drain energy out of cameras and phones to “mess with people,” Lieberman said.

On a recent tour, guest Diego Vera’s camera battery went from fully charged to completely dead while he walked from the barren living room to one of the bedrooms inside the apartment.

“I took my camera off the charger right before we came here,” said the 25-year-old Phoenix resident. “I was really surprised. I didn’t know what to think.”

Vera and his girlfriend, Saray Gordillo, 21, of Chandler, don’t believe in ghosts. They took the tour because they were curious.

“Even though I’m a big scaredy cat, I like to be scared,” Gordillo said. “We were a little scared, but I liked this tour for all the history and stories.”


What: Ghosts of Phoenix tour guides take groups through the historic Hotel San Carlos in downtown Phoenix. Bring a camera.

When: 7 and 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 11.

Where: Hotel San Carlos, 202 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.

Admission: $13, $7 for ages 8-12.

Contact: 602-414-0004, ghostsofphoenix.com.

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