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Restoration begins on another historic building at Phoenix’s Steele Indian School Park

Phoenix Indian School Dining Hall by phxpma.[Source: Barbara Stocklin, City of Phoenix] — Work has started on the exterior rehabilitation of the 1902 Dining Hall at Steele Indian School Park.  This project is funded with 2006 Historic Preservation Bond Funds and will take approximately one year to complete (September 2009).   The scope of work will be to stabilize and fully repair the brick exteriors, perform structural stabilization work, rehabilitate wood and steel windows, complete major roof improvements, and repaint.  Additional funds will be needed to complete interior restoration and tenant improvements.

Phoenix HP Commission recommends project for Parks, Preserve Initiative

Winship House, Phoenix, Arizona

[Source: Barbara Stocklin, City of Phoenix] — The City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Commission formally recommended that the City Council allocate Parks & Preserve Initiative (PPI) funds to rehabilitate historic properties on city parks where there has been substantial prior public investment and additional funds are still needed to activate a historic building and site for a public use, most notably:

  • $12 million for remaining capital, staffing, and operational needs at Tovrea Castle (including funds needed immediately to help open the park and to provide public restrooms).
  • $5 million for Steele Indian School.
  • $800,000 for the Winship House at 216 W. Portland Parkway.

For a complete list of historic resources managed by the city’s Parks & Recreation Department and in need of significant, click here.

Where will Phoenicians gather outdoors to meet, debate?

With the demise of Patriots Square Park in downtown Phoenix and the limited amount of acreage at the now-under-construction Downtown Civic Space, where will the grand public gatherings be held in or around downtown Phoenix?

Barack Obama rally, Waterfront Park, Portland, OR May 18, 2008. (oregonianphoto]As a reference point from another Western U.S. city, Portland, OR’s Waterfront Park hosted a May 18, 2008 primary rally for Presidential candidate Barack Obama.  The local fire department estimated 75,000 people in attendance, while the Washington Post, in their coverage of this event, considered the record crowd to be the size of a city.

A proposal by the local chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), pictured at left, “envisions a more formalized public space in downtown Phoenix which expands the proposed boundaries of the space into the streets, and invites casual public interaction with retail shops, food and beverage options, and shaded seating areas separated and protected by street bollards.”

Memorial Hall rehab on track for ’08 completion

[Source: Barbara Stocklin, Historic Preservation Officer, City of Phoenix] — The City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Office, Parks and Recreation Department, and Office of Arts and Culture continue to collaborate on completing the rehabilitation of the 1922 Memorial Hall as a public performing space.  The project is funded by miscellaneous bond funds, state Heritage Fund grant, and National Save America’s Treasures grant. 

The original wood floors are nearly fully restored, the restored pressed metal ceiling is now completely repaired and painted, and the rehabilitated wooden mezzanine chairs are set to be installed the week of May 19.  A new glass rail was recently installed at mezzanine level for code and safety reasons.  The exterior rehabilitation of the building is nearing completion as well.  The finish-out of the basement as a prep space for performers is the major work item still awaiting completion.  The building is set to open to the public in late summer/early fall 2008.