The Ralph Haver Archive

Ralph Haver AIA: A Chronology

Compiled by Alison King, founder of Modern Phoenix LLC

This chronology features just a sampling of highlights from the firm's inventory. Many buildings listed here were personally designed by Ralph Haver AIA but several were also designed by principals of the firm. James Salter AIA was responsible for the overall look during the award-winning years. Jimmie Nunn FAIA was responsible for on-site supervision of projects, and interfacing with the public and civic groups in order to get projects approved.

Some projects like the Phoenix Municipal Complex, Quebedeaux Chevrolet, the Ciné-Capri Theater and Tower Plaza were completed in collaboration with other firms. Surely dozens of collaborators assisted in design over the decades, but individual credits for the architect of record are difficult to verify.

An Arizona Republic article marking Haver & Nunn's 30-year collaboration cited that the firm built in excess of $500 million dollars worth of buildings by the mid-70s. Verified research documents more than a dozen tract home developments officially bearing Haver's name, but the inventory was reported to total roughly 20,000 tract homes built within a five-year span across Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. Primary and secondary sources document dozens of custom homes in the Valley of the Sun. Over 250 individual churches, schools, factories, commercial buildings, apartments, townhomes, and civic buildings were cited in the firm's portfolio by 1967. ralph haver in the army

The Early Years

  • 1915 Born in Pasadena, California the son of a Harry, a mason and Alice, a schoolteacher
  • 1941 Graduated University of Southern California, Pasadena with a degree in Architecture
  • 1943 Marries wife Millie, whom he met at a USO dance, serves as a "90 Day Wonder" in the South Pacific
  • 1946 Separated as Captain from Army Corps of Engineers
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  • 1949 Mañana Vista subdivision, Phoenix
  • 1949 Country Club Apartments [FHA Housing]
  • 1949 Madison Rose Lane and Madison #2 schools, Uptown Phoenix
  • 1950 Luke Air Force Base Housing, Glendale
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The Civic Boom Years

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  • 1952 Princess Homes in Northwood subdivision, Uptown Phoenix
  • 1953 Entz White Lumber, Uptown Phoenix [demolished]
  • 1953 G.E. Wonder Home, Paradise Valley
  • 1954 Lou Regester Furniture [now Copenhagen Imports], Uptown Phoenix
  • 1954 Quebedeax Chevrolet [with Victor Gruen], Downtown Phoenix
  • 1954 Starlite Vista subdivision, North Phoenix
  • 1954 Maricopa School, Maricopa
  • 1955 Haver Development Corp. is formed with Ralph, Millie and Alice Haver
  • 1955 Various homes in Tonka Vista subdivision including second Haver family home, Uptown Phoenix
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  • 1959 Finkelstein Residence, Tucson
  • 1959 Town & Country Scottsdale subdivision • Town & Country III, Central Scottsdale
  • 1959 Social Sciences Building at ASU, Tempe
  • 1959 Newman Foundation, Arizona State University [demolished?]
  • 1959 Hohokam Elementary School, Central Scottsdale
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The Award-Winning Years

  • 1960 Phoenix Municipal Complex, Downtown Phoenix [AIA First Honor Award, designed in collaboration with Edward L. Varney and Associates]
  • 1960 Villa Monterrey Retirement Homes, Scottsdale [phase 1 cited]
  • 1960 Coronado High School, Central Scottsdale [mostly demolished]
  • 1960 Town and Country Paradise • Town & Country IV, North Phoenix
  • 1961 Ralph Haver and Jimmie Nunn assume business name of Ralph Haver Associates
  • 1961 Kon Tiki Motel, Phoenix [demolished]
  • 1961 Arizona Bank branch, Uptown Phoenix AIA Chapter Award for Excellence of Design AIA Award of Merit [now The Vig Uptown]
  • 1961 Delta Chi Fraternity house on ASU's Greek Row, Tempe [demolished]
  • 1962 Haver & Nunn Office Building on Missouri, Uptown Phoenix [now the Phoenix Boys Choir]
  • 1963 the firm is incorporated as Haver, Nunn & Jensen Architects Inc. with Ross Jensen, James Harris and Jim Salter as fellow incorporators with Haver & Nunn
  • 1963 First Federal Savings & Loan, Central Scottsdale [NSID Award for Excellence of Design and AIA Award of Merit, demolished]
  • 1963 Barrow's Furniture Store, Tucson [AIA Award of Merit, AIA Honor Award]
  • 1963 Engineering Complex expansion, Arizona State University, Tempe
  • 1963 Paradise Valley United Methodist Church Master Plan and chapel [Valley Beautification Award]
  • 1964 Ciné Capri Theater, [with Henry G. Greene], Phoenix [demolished]
  • 1964 Phoenix College Library, additions and various buildings in years to follow, Phoenix
  • 1964 Golden Keys Townhomes for Del Trailor, Scottsdale [phase 1 cited]
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The Industrial & Corporate Years

  • 1965 Beekman Place townhouses, Phoenix
  • 1965 Phoenix Country Club Townhouses [Valley Beautification Award]
  • 1966 Revlon Factory, Phoenix
  • 1966 Goldblatt's Home Center, Chicago
  • 1969 American Express Complex, North Phoenix
  • 1969 Firm changes name to Haver, Nunn and Nelson and begins to offer engineering services
  • 1971 Avenida Hermosa and Casa Hermosa condos, Uptown
  • 1973? Key artistic director of the firm, James Salter AIA, dies in tragic accident in Honolulu
  • 1973 Sentry Center, North Scottsdale
  • 1975 The firm is reorganized into Haver, Nunn and Collamer
  • 1978 Escondido custom homes, Southern California [including Haver's own personal "tree house"]
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  • 1979 Pueblo Bonita duplexes, Arcadia
  • 1980 North Phoenix Baptist Church, North Phoenix
  • 1981 Salt River Project Administration Building, Phoenix
  • 1981 Intel Deer Valley Facility, North Phoenix
  • 1983 Ramm Hill townhomes in Borrego Springs, CA [San Diego firm]
  • 1980s Firm begins to disband, Haver semi-retires in San Diego, Nunn to Flagstaff
  • 1986 Four Haver Family custom homes built in one year: Mesa, Carefree, Phoenix, and Cave Creek
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  • 1986 Builds his last home in Cave Creek in a boxy international/southwestern style
  • 1987 Ralph Burgess Haver passes away in Scottsdale, Arizona from complications of COPD [chronic obstructive pulmonary disease]
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