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Frank Lloyd Wright
No other modern architect had such a diversified building career—from skyscrapers to gas stations, factories to flower stalls—Wright wanted to reinvent all aspects of life. Nevertheless, no other architect returned so persistently to what Wright considered the true building block of social transformation—the family home. Indeed, Wright’s largest projects fed his smallest work with the themes explored and expressed in his most monumental work also infusing his most intimate structures. No matter the scale or scope of the project, Wright always aspired to provide his client with environments that, were not only functional but also “eloquent and humane.”
It was estimated by the firm that there are 20,000 Haver designed tract homes in Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. Haver Home characteristics include low-sloped rooflines, clerestory windows, massive mantle-less chimney volumes, floor-to-ceiling walls of glass, brick or block construction, clinker bricks in the wainscoting, angled porch posts and brick patios. Homes are typically less than 1400 square feet and significantly less in the postwar era due to federal mandate in conservation of materials.
During his lifetime Beadle was best known for designing Case Study Apartment #1, a three-unit apartment development known as the Triad in Phoenix, AZ, which was part of the Case Study House program of Arts & Architecture magazine. More recently Beadle has been rediscovered for his stylish mid-century residential housing stock and for his influence on desert modernism. All of Beadle’s output reflects a rigorous, rectilinear modernist idiom consistent with the work of Mies van der Rohe, Richard Neutra and the postwar steel-frame houses typified by the Case Study experiments.
Architect Blaine Drake was one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s original apprentices at Taliesin, Wisconsin, in 1933, and went on to establish his Arizona practice in 1945. He designed approximately two hundred projects during his long career, nearly two-thirds of which were built. Most of his work was in the Phoenix area and focused on residential architecture, though he also designed office, medical, and apartment buildings and churches. One of the few Wright apprentices to pursue a successful independent practice, Drake was an advocate of energy-efficient design in the desert.
An American architect known for a distinctive style of Southwestern architecture which has since been widely copied. Gonzales designed most of Scottsdale, Arizona’s, major municipal buildings including Scottsdale City Hall, the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and the Civic Center Library. His resume also included hundreds of private homes and residences throughout Arizona. Examples of Gonzales’s work can be found sprinkled across Arizona, the United States and the world. High-profile buildings designed by Gonzales include the Heard Museum in central Phoenix; the Cotton Hotel in Phoenix; the former Armour-Dial building on Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale; and two churches located in Paradise Valley, Arizona, – the Gloria Del Lutheran Church and the Christ Church of the Ascension.
Considered one of the founding fathers of Phoenix midcentury-modern architecture, Guirey’s work stands with that of such legendary Phoenix architects as Ralph Haver,Ned Sawyer, Al Beadl and Harold Ekman, playing with the Wrightian notion of indoor-outdoor living, particularly in his home designs, which often pulled interior beams straight through walls and out onto porches and overhangs.. He was given the rare honor of an AIA Fellowship in 1969. He was trusted with commissions like Gilbert Olson’s SuperLite Block Headquarters and the Art & Architecture complex at Arizona State University, marking him as a professional among professionals.
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