Modern Phoenix The Beadle Archive

Vintage Marketing Graphics

Includes the original brochure from 1960 with all four models and clues on how to identify each. Also includes vintage newspaper ads and the original monument sign.

Saguaro Model X-100

Three bedroom homes featuring classic sunflaps, a trellis, and CMU protrusions, all in a U-shaped plan.

Saguaro model home by Al Beadle in Paradise Gardens

Palo Verde Model X-200

Four bedroom homes featuring classic sunflaps, three windows in front elevation, occasional wood sunscreens, and square aperture in roof by entryway. Storage volume in carport is far from front door.

Palo Verde model home by Al Beadle in Paradise Gardens

Ocotillo Model X-300

Three bedroom homes featuring an angled carport with breezeblock and a large window wall by front door.

Ocotillo model home by Al Beadle in Paradise Gardens

Cholla Model X-400

Three bedroom homes featuring classic sunflaps, two windows on front elevation, and a storage volume in carport that is closer to the front door.

Cholla model home by Al Beadle in Paradise Gardens, Phoenix Arizona, 2016

Custom Beadle Models

The Beadle family and associates have authenticated several home models that were customized by Beadle.

Custom Home by Al Beadle in Paradise Gardens

Century Model

Architect Richard Britt created this pitched roof model home that features protruding blocks similar to those used on the Saguaro model.

Century model home by Richard Britt in Paradise Gardens

Mystery Models

There are quite a few mysteries to be solved about these homes. Despite somewhat resembling the Palo Verde models, they weren't part of the original plan.

Unidentified Non-Beadle home model in Paradise Gardens

Piecing Together Paradise Gardens on its 50th Birthday

By David Tyda

Al Beadle didn't want to be cited as the architect behind Paradise Gardens in North Phoenix, so why is he still getting credit 50 years later? David Tyda ventures out to set the record straight, and finds it's still kinda crooked.

The Howell Home in 1961 and 1964

Shows what an original Paradise Gardens Saguaro Model looked like, including kitchen and bath!

The 13th Annual Modern Phoenix Home Tour in Paradise Gardens 2017

In 2017 we hosted the Docomomo US National Symposium on Modernism and Climate. Paradise Gardens was the subject of our annual home tour.

The Simply Modern Residence on the Modern Phoenix Home Tour 2017

The 6th Annual Modern Phoenix Home Tour in Paradise Gardens 2010

In 2010 we Returned to Paradise, this time with 1000 tour guests.

The 2nd Annual Modern Phoenix Home Tour in Paradise Gardens 2006

The revolution started long before we came, but our tour of 200 MoPhos through Paradise Gardens in 2006 certainly accellerated things as Phoenix teetered on the real estate bubble.

Neighborhood in 2009

Some progress during the Great Recession era.

Saguaro model hom by Al Beadle in Paradise Gardens

Neighborhood in 2006

Pre-recession windshield survey.

A Cholla model home by Al Beadle in Paradise Gardens