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Wosco Building aka the 12th Street Office Building
by Alfred Newman Beadle

Wosco Building on 12th Street by Al Beadle Many have wondered why Al Beadle chose to create diagonal windows on this two-story bermed office building, and why he never created anything like it again. Wosco Building on 12th Street by Al Beadle According to daughter Gerri Beadle, he realized that he'd never get the city to bury the heavy-duty power lines along 12th Street in central Phoenix. The guylines anchoring the huge power pole dictated the aesthetic. Rather than fighting it, he used the angle for inspiration. Wosco Building on 12th Street by Al BeadleThe iconic red steel sculpture design is by Beadle, executed by his friend and sculptor Gary Slater. When Beadle retired, he devoted much time to the development of large scale sculpture. The works can be ordered through the estate of his family.Wosco Building on 12th Street by Al Beadle Wosco Building on 12th Street by Al BeadleWosco Building on 12th Street by Al BeadleA ring of concrete and steel piloti support the steel decking arranged on a modular grid. Wosco Building on 12th Street by Al Beadle The pivot gate is rotated to a right angle during the day and locked at 45º at night.
Wosco Building on 12th Street by Al Beadle The semi-subterranean courtyard is one of the city's best shady modern oases!
Wosco Building on 12th Street by Al Beadle
Wosco Building on 12th Street by Al BeadleWosco Building on 12th Street by Al Beadle

Deep gracious concrete stairs and frequent landings give the visitor many good reasons to pause and enjoy the canopy.


Wosco Building on 12th Street by Al Beadle
Wosco Building on 12th Street by Al Beadle
Wosco Building on 12th Street by Al Beadle
Wosco Building on 12th Street by Al Beadle
Wosco Building on 12th Street by Al Beadle
Photos ©2020 Modern Phoenix LLC. Additional courtyard and interior photography ©2013 Sarah Lorimer, Tina Riddle, and Ricardo Sanchez. 2013 Photos were taken as part of an Architectural Photography course at The Art Institute of Phoenix under the direction of Instructor Geoff Reed.