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Avenida Hermosa | 1971

12th Street and Missouri Ave

Avenida Hermosa by Haver, Nunn & JensenAvenida Hermosa is one of the many Spanish-styled townhome complexes designed by Haver and Nunn's firm for developer Del Trailor in the mid 60s and early 70s. Avenida Hermosa by Haver, Nunn & JensenLike many other Del Trailor developments, they feature Artistic Director Jim Salter's funky strip iron lanterns at each entrance.Avenida Hermosa by Haver, Nunn & JensenThe homes have no front facade per se, but rather make economical use of tight infill lots by placing parking up front in carports conjoined by a single gabled roof. Entry to the townhome is just beyond.Avenida Hermosa by Haver, Nunn & JensenThis small complex has a wide private drive and modest swimming pool. Avenida Hermosa by Haver, Nunn & JensenAvenida Hermosa by Haver, Nunn & JensenIn 2016 one of the vintage lanterns was badly damaged. These photos are from an inspection to help determine the material and mode of manufacture.Avenida Hermosa by Haver, Nunn & JensenAvenida Hermosa by Haver, Nunn & JensenThe complex decided to go with a more contemporary solution by replacing the thick mottled amber acrylic with a Moorish inspired perforated steel grille that is painted amber both inside and out. When the lantern lights up, the inside of the grille emits the desired color. A interesting moire pattern also emerges as the geometry of the foreground pattern interacts with the perforation on back of the cylinder.Avenida Hermosa by Haver, Nunn & Jensen Photos ©2016, 2020 Modern Phoenix LLC
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