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Old Posted Jun 28, 2008, 6:12 AM
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Phoenix building construction photos (pre 2002)

I was asked in another thread if I could post any older construction photos I had of towers or buildings in Phoenix. I'm happy to share whatever I have (at least scanned) for now, but please everybody add in your photos as well!

I've also included some older photos I have of some buildings that have been re-clad, and other things I thought might be interesting.

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Arizona Center signboard (1990)...Cityscape much?


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VIAD Tower Greyhound-Dial Corporate Center (1992)




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3550 North Central (in 1986 the building was re-clad and a 36 story tower was planned to be added):
1963 source - http://www.acmeron.com/puhs/87094.jpg:


1991:


2001 (re-painted this time...and I know the signage has changed since then):


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Phoenix Corporate Tower (3003 North Central) - once the tallest in town:
1991:




2001:


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Arizona Republic Building (circa 2000):


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Dodge Theater (2001):










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Sandra Day O'Connor Federal Courthouse (2000)






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Early scheme for Phoenix Convention Center expansion (2002):




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One Collier Center
Downtown Phoenix circa 1998 (look how much has changed):


The site plan (Cityscape much?):


The tower (rendering):


The lost hotel (stupid lawsuits):


Construction (1999-2000):






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Phelps Dodge Tower (One North Central):

Rendering Board (1999):


Construction (1999-2001):






















That's all I've got. I may have some more buried in my printed photo boxes, but those are buried in the garage.

Please ADD pics to this thread! I want to see Chase, US Bank, Wells Fargo, the Hyatt, Phoenix Center and so on and so on!

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Old Posted Jun 28, 2008, 6:40 AM
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Thanks, what a depressing post!
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Old Posted Jun 28, 2008, 7:28 AM
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Downtown Phoenix circa 1998 (look how much has changed):
Damn, that's a lot of surface parking! Based on the vehicle count, there must have been a Suns game going on... or something at the Civic Plaza. And look at the roof on BOB. Remember when it was white? Seriously, somebody needs to get up there with a power washer and clean that thing.

Thanks Plinko for sharing these.
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Old Posted Jun 28, 2008, 8:32 AM
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great post!

honestly, I've been saying for almost a year that cityscape is collier center #2 and it will prove to be true soon enough!
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Old Posted Jun 28, 2008, 10:05 AM
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Plinko was the HX guy of the 90's and early millenium!
Seriously though, thanks for posting. Very cool and important to see how far we've come.
Hopefully in 2015, we can post pics from 2004 and people will laugh their asses off too at how dull things "used to be". Especially if ASU kicks in to gear soon.

Now if only we could hack in to Soleri's photo arsenal!!
We could potentially get some shit from the 70's assuming he had a camera in those days.
For those of you who have not met Soleri, he could run circles around our asses still. He does marathons before most of us wake.

And he has been through 13 Cityscapes and 22 Hotel Monroe type proposals/ developments and he still sleeps just fine (I think).
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Old Posted Jun 28, 2008, 3:30 PM
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A couple shots I was emailed by Loveithigh...

Hyatt Regency 1975:


Chase Tower 1972: Take a look at the lot directly north of Chase, the one that Central Park East is being build on...it was a freaking parking lot even in 1972! Christ...that lot has been surface parking for over 36 years! What the fuck?!

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Old Posted Jun 28, 2008, 3:39 PM
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Different perspective...but it's pretty amazing how much have changed in just 10 years...


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Old Posted Jun 28, 2008, 9:18 PM
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I can add to this thread later...all my old (1993 to 2001) photos are now stored in boxes for the move.

Nice idea for a thread...memories!

Downtown Phoenix in 1905:



Downtown Phoenix in 2005 (100 years of change later):


Unusual angle of downtown around 2004:


Downtown at night in 2001 or 2002:




My favorite night of downtown Phoenix that I've taken (I think this was in 2005):




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Old Posted Jun 28, 2008, 9:20 PM
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My historical Phoenix collection (I own all of these as original postcards that I've picked up on eBay over the years):
















































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Old Posted Jun 30, 2008, 4:17 PM
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LOL...I just now checked out this thread. Cool. I like the then and now comparisons, and the really old pics from the 19XX's tossed in for good measure.
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Old Posted Jun 30, 2008, 9:03 PM
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A couple slide show videos I found on Youtube...

1940s Phoenix: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHqjg...eature=related

1960s Phoenix: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9s9Y...eature=related

1970s Phoenix: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeZ4AemgZ2s&NR=1

In the 1970s video, what corner is that at 0:24 into the video? I can't figure it out. Also, check out 1:10 into the video...it shows the old Patriot's Park and the blocks that are now Renaissance Square and Phelps Dodge.
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Old Posted Jun 30, 2008, 10:17 PM
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patriot's park was so much better back then
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Old Posted Jun 30, 2008, 10:23 PM
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Yea...what the hell happened? It looked like an actual park...with grass and trees where you could possible lay down or kick a ball around etc. It sent from that, to a brick oven.

I wonder...did it change when they built the parking garage underneath? Or was that already there even with the previous redesign?

I guess in all actuality though, the park was too small and in the wrong area to really work...no one is really going to kick a ball around in the middle of the financial/business district with cars whizzing by at 45 MPH. It can work, and does in other cities, but you need a lot more space then 2 acres.
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Chris Ibarra and I have been trying to track down more of what was on the 44monroe site before--the old Phoenix Chamber of Commerce building.

a photo from soleri shows it in 1970, probably with a different cladding before its demolition


Courtesy of Don B's photocard:

This photograph is titled 1950's, but the CoC building was topped out in late 1959 and it's done in the photo--to the right of the Security Building

Courtesy of eddotcom,

this frame grab captures the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce under construction at the time Psycho was filmed in November 1959. The San Carlos is to the east of the structure.

loftlovr has this old image of the 44monroe transition when it was still proposed as a renovation:

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A couple slide show videos I found on Youtube...

1940s Phoenix: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHqjg...eature=related

1960s Phoenix: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9s9Y...eature=related

1970s Phoenix: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeZ4AemgZ2s&NR=1

In the 1970s video, what corner is that at 0:24 into the video? I can't figure it out. Also, check out 1:10 into the video...it shows the old Patriot's Park and the blocks that are now Renaissance Square and Phelps Dodge.
I think I have your answer; it appears to be a shot looking southwest at the intersection of Central & Monroe. Also at the :34 second mark of the 1970 video there is a picture of the Hyatt taken from the old Patriots Square park itself. Amazing that they paved over all that green
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Yea no doubt, I mean look at the photo...there are actually people on the benches, there are people laying on the grass...and they don't seem like the homeless that seem to have been the only visitors to the park lately.
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Old Posted Jul 2, 2008, 8:36 PM
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At :24 it's not a shot looking southwest at Central & Monroe. It's either looking northwest or northeast (most likely NE because of the mtns in the back). Based on the shadows, it can't be looking to the south. It may be somewhere along central that is now gone due to the deck park... where maybe the library is now, or further north on Central.

Also at :19, you can see that one building that now has the terrible refacade on it... near the subway sandwiches. Looks like the subway used to be a pizza place. They should bring back the brick facade.
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Seems I have my pictures crossed, I thought HX Guy was refering the previous picture that begins at about the :19 second mark and ends at about :24 seconds.
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Rare video of downtown before many of the teardowns...

http://youtube.com/watch?v=AcozjgCQ-Wk
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Thanks HX Guy.
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