Maricopa County Courthouse
The Maricopa County Courthouse and Old Phoenix City Hall, known as the County-City Administration Building, is a historic structure in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The structure consists of two buildings in a conjoined layout sharing the same architecture, the Maricopa County Courthouse and Phoenix City Hall was a joint effort of Maricopa County and the City of Phoenix, a monumentally scaled building taking up a full city block downtown. As city and county government matured, officials realized that a building of sufficient size was necessary to house county and city functions in an expanding Phoenix and Maricopa County. On April 28,1927, the county board of supervisors passed a resolution stating that the current courthouse, additional space was needed for county departments, and adding to the 1884 structure would result in significant fire hazards. On June 15, the board proceeded to begin the process of selecting an architect, when the bonds went to bid on July 18, nine investment firms and banks sought them, with Valley Bank and Trust of Phoenix being the winner.
Meanwhile, whose growth in the 1920s had led to at least eight new high-rise buildings downtown, days after his second speech, the board of supervisors sent the city a letter expressing a desire to collaborate on a shared building. With approval from both the board and the mayor, and continued pressure from Judge Smith and the chamber of commerce, the ball began to roll. In June, the property was assessed, and after that, on July 8, the city commission passed an ordinance calling for a special bond election to raise $450,000 to acquire the western third and to build the new city hall. The election, held on August 16, saw Phoenicians vote 460 to 164 in favor of the proposal, early on, both sides began scouting architects. The board of supervisors traveled to eastern and southern states in the summer of 1927 to evaluate the latest in new courthouses. They consulted other boards and commissions, and in September, they began to analyze the seven bids that had been received, prominent architects and firms figured among the contenders to build the county courthouse.
Three of them were local, V. O, four additional architects put in bids, William N. Bowman of Denver, designer of the Yavapai County Courthouse, Henry T. On September 19,1927, the board of supervisors voted 2-1 to select Neild, the decision did not meet well with the city of Phoenix, which had backed Lescher & Mahoney. Board and city officials worked to reach a compromise, and both expressed a desire to put their differences behind them. An official contract was signed in October, and in November, the contract process hit a snag when a contract specifying the highest quality furniture for the sum of $47,000 was contested by Berryhill Office Equipment Company. Berryhill sued in Maricopa County Superior Court, alleging that the county, the Superior Court ruled in favor of the county, but Berryhill appealed to the Arizona Supreme Court, which sided with Berryhill on June 14,1929. The county was forced to redo the bidding process, with the building half completed, the city and county hosted a dedication ceremony conducted by the Arizona Grand Lodge of Masons.
Among the dignitaries present were Senator Carl Hayden, the acting Grand Orator, at the ceremony, the cornerstone of Arizona granite was laid, and a time capsule, coated in copper and containing documents and other ephemera, was mortared inside with a silver trowel
Painted Desert Inn
Painted Desert Inn is a lodge complex in Petrified Forest National Park, in Navajo County, eastern Arizona. It is located off of Interstate 40 and historic U. S. Route 66, construction was carried out by Civilian Conservation Corps builders and artisans over 1937–1940. A portion of the lodge building was remodeled from the 1920s inn on the site. After post-war design revisions by architect Mary Jane Colter, it was operated by the Fred Harvey Company as a Harvey House from 1947 to 1963, demolition was proposed in the mid-1970s, but after public protests the building was reopened for limited use in 1976. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987, the main lodge building of the Painted Desert Inn was extensively rehabilitated and restored, reopening as a museum and bookstore in 2006. Overnight accommodations and food service are not currently available at the inn, Hopi artist Fred Kabotie was engaged by Colter to paint the Inns murals in 1947–48. Colter knew Kabotie from a collaboration at the Fred Harvey Hopi House in Grand Canyon National Park.
Kaboties work depicts aspects of Hopi life, including a journey through the Painted Desert to collect salt, aZ-161, Painted Desert Inn, Navajo vicinity, Apache County, AZ HABS No. AZ-161-A, Painted Desert Inn, Residence 76 HABS No, aZ-161-B, Painted Desert Inn, Residence 77