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Arizona Architect Magazine

Reproduced with permission of AIA Arizona in 2009

September 1957
Vol. 1, No. 1
The very first issue of Arizona Architect, published by the AIA Arizona. Features discussion of the Arizona State capitol plan (including the proposal by Frank Lloyd Wright), and a great vintage ad for Superlite Shadowal product.

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October 1957
Vol. 1, No. 2
Includes a great St. Charles kitchen ad, the Glamour of Concrete, a discussion on Tract Housing with opinions by Fred Guirey, FAIA and Ralph Haver, AIA, as well as a builder's view by Yale Epstein.

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November 1957
Vol. 1, No. 3
A fun photo of Jimmie Nunn wielding his "famous fork" at a cookout hosting national AIA members. A great photo of the First Annaul Meeting of the Arizona Society of Architects including James Elmore, Ralph Haver, Richard Drover, and David Sholder. A letter to the Editor by Charles Montooth in favor of Frank Lloyd Wright's state capitol plan, measuring "greatness versus costly mediocrity".

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December 1957
Vol. 1, No. 4
Includes ad photos of ASU Technology and Industries Building by Ralph Haver, The Role of the Architect and Fees Epxlained, an ad with Phoenix Beauty Supply by Lester Laraway , the beginning of a ridiculous series of cartoon ads by Entz-White Lumber on Camelback, and a book review of a book on Mexican art by Richard Drover, AIA.

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January 1958
Vol. 1, No. 5
An ad featuring prestressed concrete at Maricopa High school by Ralph Haver, AIA, an editorial by Fred Weaver, AIA, about that terrible Reader's Digest article on school building costs, and "America is a better America, thanks to Advertising!".

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February 1958
Vol. 1, No.6
An ad featuring the Westward Ho by William Reed, a nice rendering by Harry Rice, an ad with some really intense weeping mortar, and ad featuring the St. Louis Municipal Airport Terminal, and announcement of the new Solar House going up in Paradise Valley.

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March 1958
Vol. 1, No. 7
A rendering of the Sollar House mentioned in previous issue (still standing on Shea Boulevard!), a report on a tour of Phoenix High schools such as Central High by John Sing Tang, Washington High by Ed Varney & Associates, and Carl Hayden High by Lescher & Mahoney. Entz-White breaks out the aliens in their Yale Lock ad.

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April 1958
Vol. 1, No. 8
The issue of city beautifucation is tackled full-force, with ample photography of "the spaces between" architecture. Subdivision planning is discussed by Andre Faure of the city planning department. A large ad showing the Beverly Hilton Hotel by Welton Beckett, AIA uses Arcadia brand WindowWall.

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May 1958
Vol. 1, No. 9
A guest editorial by James Elmore, AIA on city Planning urges architects to get involved on every level. Bennie Gonzales, Ralph Haver and Associates, and ASU students receive awards. An ad with an office building using lath and plaster by David Murdock, and a groovy graphic design for Kaiser Fir-Tex Acoustical tiles. A lengthy photo-feature on San Xavier del Bac in Tuscon. Lovely illustrated ad for San Xavier block designs in Tucson, including the names of homes using the product.

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June 1958
Vol. 1, No. 10


A photograph of the new AIA offices at 1424 N. 3rd Avenue at the offices of Brenner, McIntire and Arnold. Another flashy poster-worthy ad by Kaiser Fir-Tex insulation. An Architect's Prayer, not to be missed: "May I constantly be in harmony with Thy great and mysterious plan".

Temple Emannu-El by Friendman & Jobusch, AIA. The Architecture of the Church by Martin Ray Young, Jr. AIA. Features photos of many churches in Arizona including First Christian, Faith Lutheran, and Southside Presbyterian by Arthur T. Brown, AIA, Most Holy Trinity Church by Comeau and Brooks, Church of the Nazarene by Scholer & Fuller, AIA, Christ Church by Weaver & Drover, AIA, and First Congregational Church by Harold Ekman, AIA. An ad featuring prestressed concrete in use at the Motorola plant designed by Ed Varney, AIA.

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July 1958
Vol. 1, No. 11


Emerson Scholer, AIA, ponders why out of state architects are taking a disproportionate number of church commissions. Residential Pool Design by George Christensen with extensive photography. Functional Public Pools are discussed by Kemper Goodwin, AIA.

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August 1958
Vol. 1, No. 12
The problems of subcontractors are revealed: air conditioning, masonry, and metal manufacturing all get their say.. Another nice poster-worthy Fir-Tex Acoustical Tile ad by Kaiser. A nice full page ad of Valley National Bank by Weaver & Drover, AIA using Shadelite products.

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September 1958
Vol. 2, No. 1
Architects bowling league: Lescher & Mahoney, Ed Varney, Ralph Haver & Assoc., John Brenner & Assoc., Charles Polacek, Weaver & Drover and Bricker & Busby all competed for the bowling sweepstakes! Watercolors by Arthur T. Brown. A nice color ad insert by Robco tile. Entz-White lumber ads take on a more serious tone. Ad featuring prestressed concrete used at the Phillips Medical Building on West Thomas Road by Frank Fazio.

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November 1958
Vol. 2, No. 3
Sound and acoustics are the topic for this issue. A nice two-color ad insert by Laing-Garrett is the graphical highlight. Hi-fi installation is discussed by "Hack" Metz. Prestressed concrete ad features the W. P. Fuller & Co. building by Fred M. Guirey, AIA. Entz-White ad becomes even more editorial.

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December 1958
Vol. 2, No. 4


Nice vintage photo of Phil Stone showroom (now the Toy Box on Indian School). Another great horizontal-oriented poster-quality ad by Kaiser-Gypsum for their partition systems. A complete roster of all AIA members, and the addresses of their business offices. Very handy for identifying who may have designed what in the Valley. An ad featuring prestressed concrete in use at the Lenart Building on 7000 E. Camelback by Ed Varney & Associates (now Fashion Square).

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January 1959
Vol. 2, No. 5
Building code as a matter of life and death is discussed; a Fred Guirey design at 444 West Camelback is given reinforcements after a similar building in Sunnyslope collapses. Startling articles are reprinted from local papers, building a case for adoption of codes and inspections.

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February 1959
Vol. 2, No. 6
Arizona's Institutional needs are discussed, including prisons. An ad featuring the Western Auto addition to Park Central mall by Allan & Olsson. The old plans by Weaver & Drover for the state capitol master plan are dredged up again, and compared to current progress.

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