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More than any other question, the most common question we get is where to find concrete breezeblock in Arizona.
- Three shapes are still offered by Arizona manufacturer Superlite and the XX is on special order basis only.
- Preach Building Supply and Marvel Building and Masonry yards carry a limited selection of styles
- Craigslist and OfferUp frequently have used block or new/unused blocks for sale. Try alternate spellings "breeze block", "breeze block", "decorative block" and "concrete block" in your area
- Our Block Co manufactures contemporary breezeblock in Arizona
- Retro Renovation hosts the largest compilation we have ever seen on the topic of where to find breezeblock
RESEARCH YOUR PROPERTY
- The Modern Phoenix guide to researching your home using primary sources and tips on using the resources below
- Newspaperarchive online newspaper database of vintage newspapers
- Newspapers.com for online newspaper database of vintage newspapers
- Maricopa County Assessor parcel viewer map
- Historical Aerials of Maricopa County
- Maricopa County Recorder Searchable Records
- The Arizona Memory Collection includes many searchable newspapers, photographs and records
- The Arizonian newspaper of Scottsdale has great real estate ads 1953 - 1969
- Arizona Builder Contractor Magazine is keyword searchable from 1939 - 1961
- Arizona Contractor and Community continues the tradition of the above magazine, with historical features
- Public Record Center for Arizona
- Sanborn Fire Insurance Company maps available digitally and locally at ASU Noble Library
- Receive up to 30 free minutes of free records research through AZ State Library. To maximize your results, try researching your request through their resources first
- ASU Special Collections including works by Beadle, Straub, Drake, Schreiber, Bruder, Wright, Goodwin, Henry and Elmore
- US Modernist Architectural Magazine Library
HOTELS & RESORTS
SIGHTS TO SEE
Few modern properties in Phoenix are open as tourist destinations, but our churches, restaurants and banks are top-notch and can be respectfully visited anytime during hours of operation. You can also print a driving tour of our favorite neighborhoods on PDF here. Consult the Modern Phoenix Map online for exact locations of churches, public buildings, schools, and half-day self-driving tours of churches, neighborhoods and more.
- Arcosanti and Cosanti by Paolo Soleri. Tours available.
- Taliesin West by Frank Lloyd Wright. Tours available.
- Desert Shelters by students at Taliesin West. Tours available.
- Grady Gammage Auditorium by Frank Lloyd Wright in Tempe. Accessible for special events and part of ASU campus
- Phoenix Municipal Complex by Haver and Varney. No tours but easily accessible civic property.
- Phoenix Financial Center by W.A. Sarmiento. No tours, private property.
- Executive Towers by Al Beadle. Private property, lobby only.
- Hotel Valley Ho by Varney, Sydnor and Sexton. Tours available.
- Scottsdale Civic Center by Bennie Gonzales. No tours but easily accessible civic property.
- Arizona Falls is the perfect first-date picnic spot for lovers of architecture, open to the public.
- The Sandra Day O’Connor House by D.K. Taylor. Tours by appointment only.
- Midcentury Marvels of Phoenix [PDF] and accompanying Google map is here.
- Modern Phoenix Annual Home Tour
Held each spring during Modern Phoenix Week. Next tour is in March 2021, pandemic permitting. Tickets go on sale February 1 annually, and sell out in days.
- The Modern Phoenix Map
- Phoenix midcentury Marvels Map based on research by Phoenix HPO
- Map of the Wacky and Wonderful West Side
- Map of Vintage Neon in Phoenix Metro
- Map of Vintage Van Buren Avenue
- Map of Al Beadle Architecture
[does not include private homes]
- Map of Fred Guirey Architecture
- Download the printable PDF of Top 10 modern neighborhoods.
- Representative branch banks in Phoenix (1950-1975), based on research by Donna Reiner, PhD
DESIGN RESOURCES IN AZ
- Modfire: The modern outdoor fireplace
- Rameen Ahmed Designs
- Smatter Studio
- Cosanti Originals
- Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Store
- Sunshine Shop
- Baron Studio
- The Oxide Studio
- Loyal Bird
- Practical Art
- Tom Budzak Ceramics
- Desert Crafted
- Ceramics by Judith
- Atomic Avocado Designs
- Garden Elements
- Joan Waters Studio
- Phoenix Lettering
- Modern quilts by Regina Alexandra
- Jon Arvizu / Trapdoor Studio
- Vintage Industrial furniture
- Jason Hill graphic design and fine art
- Modern Phoenix Posters
- Frank Lloyd Wright: Timeless
- Post & Beam
- Stadium Abstract
- Beadle Architecture + Sculpture
- Forgotten Places Photography
- Hamster Labs
- Copperstate Collection
- Petrykowski Artworks
- Endangered Architecture
Fixtures and Finishes
- The Guild
- William Mostow
- Urban Plough Furniture
- Mod Mom Furniture
- Truth By Hand
- Maxworks Designs
- Josh Makes
- Mod Ranch
- Chase Warren Design
- Irvin Studio
- LumberLust Designs
- Salt Phx
- Modern Manor
- Buckhorn Vintage
- Redhead Sadie Vintage
- Malefors Vintage Imports
- AZ Modern
- Red Modern Furniture
- Eye Opener
- Atomic Age Modern Upholstery
- Lumature lighting and furnishings
- NYLoft Phoenix modern contemporary furniture
- Boxhill Southwest
- Copenhagen modern contemporary
- Design Within Reach in Scottsdale
- For midcentury architects Beadle, Haver, Guirey, Drake, Schreiber, Straub, Taylor, Gonzales, Madole and more, visit our Architects page
- Visit the Phoenix Metro AIA Chapter
- Bowker's Directory of Architects 1956, includes brief biographies
- Bowker's Directory of Architects 1970, includes brief biographies
ARIZONA CULTURE BLOGS
- Phoenix Historic Preservation Office
- Preserve PHX
- Postwar Architecture Task Force of Greater Phoenix
- Phoenix Historic Neighborhoods Coalition selects the annual endangered dozen list
- Arizona Historical Research consulting services
- BMB Artifact Services
- Marshall Shore, the Hip Historian
- Scottsdale Historic Register
- Historic Preservation Program resources
- Exterior Rehabilitation Program for homeowners in Scottsdale historic districts
- Tempe Historic Preservation Office
- Tempe Historic Properties including postwar neighborhoods
- Tempe History Museum
- Arizona Preservation Foundation
- AZ State Historic Preservation Office
- Preserve AZ: The State Historic Preservation Conference
- National Trust for Historic Preservation
- National Park Service preservation page, including the National Register of Historic Places, National Register of Historic Landmarks and information on preservation standards, guidelines and tax incentives
- Society of Architectural Historians
- Docomomo_US [DOcumentation and COnservation of the MOdern MOvement]
- Society of Commercial Archeology, the go-to for roadside signage and buildings such as gas stations, diners and motels
- Recent Past Preservation Network: Modern preservation advocacy
- American Library of Congress Digital Collection, featuring historic newspapers, sound recordings, prints and photographs and a section on American history and culture
- Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
- Docomomo [DOcumentation and COnservation of the MOdern MOvement]
BOOKS TO BUY
- A Guide to the Architecture of Metro Phoenix. Out of print, try Amazon or eBay.
- Midcentury Marvels is $25 from the City of Phx HP Office. Mail order only or pick up in person.
- And Tiko-Tu: The Midcentury Architecture of Phoenix' Greater East Valley by Mark Vinson
- Plugger: The Architecture of Reginald Sydnor by Douglas Sydnor
- Paradise Valley Architecture by Douglas Sydnor
- Scottsdale Architecture by Douglas Sydnor
- Blaine Drake exhibition catalog by ASU - out of print, look for it in rare book stores online, I found mine on abebooks.com
- Constructions: Buildings in Arizona by Alfred Newman Beadle By Gnosis Ltd.
- Desert Architecture by Ralph Parachek. Out of print, try Amazon or eBay.
- The Emerging Metropolis: Phoenix 1944-1972 is out of print but can be found on Amazon and eBay.
- The Ranch House by Alan Hess
- There are dozens of books on Wright and Soleri at Amazon.
MOVIES TO WATCH
- Phoenix in the 1960s features architecture by Wright, Drake, Haver, Sarmiento, Del Webb and many other Phoenix icons, some of which are long gone
- The Architect: Judith Chafee
- Homes for Veterans Part I 
Homes for Veterans Part II
The Housing shortage in postwar was very real
- American Look Part I, Part II and Part III  features American industrial design innovation
- Young Men in a Hurry featuring the Kingston Trio and a clever marketing vehicle for the Phoenix Jaycees
- Route 66 "Fly Away Home" Part I, Part II
Episode featuring Al Beadle's Safari Hotel
- Morrissey drives up and down Van Buren for a place to live "My Love Life"
- Paolo Soleri: Beyond Form
- Joe B Wong, Scottsdale Architect
- Bennie Gonzales, Arizona History-maker
- Pedro Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey on American Masters by PBS
- Modern Phoenix Playlist on YouTube
- Charles and Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter on American Masters by PBS