The city of Phoenix Historic Preservation Offices new book Mid-century Marvels: Commercial Architecture of Phoenix, 1945-1975 goes on sale Monday, Jan. 24. The coffee table-style book features 251 pages showcasing the architects and architecture of the post-World War II building boom in Phoenix.

This is the most comprehensive book ever published about mid-century modern architecture in Phoenix, said Barbara Stocklin, Phoenix Historic Preservation Officer.

Architects Ralph Haver, Al Beadle, Bennie Gonzales and many others are featured with more than 400 colorful images, some rare, of buildings lost and those preserved for generations to come. Frank Lloyd Wrights influence on the architecture of Phoenix also is highlighted.

Mid-century Marvels was produced by the Phoenix Historic Preservation Office and Ryden Architects, Inc. with funding provided by a Federal Historic Fund Certified Local Government Grant, The Arizona Heritage Fund and the Phoenix Historic Preservation Bond Fund.

Books can be purchased for $20 at or at the Historic Preservation Office, 200 W. Washington St., 17th floor. For more information, call 602-261-8699.   back...
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