The Brentwood Historic District, which is part of the Greater Coronado Neighborhood Association, will be holding its first-ever home tour on Sunday, February 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Brentwood residents are inviting the general public to come check out a darling block of 1930s homes, one bonus tree house and a special historic church. The tour will feature two firsts, namely the first home tour ever in the Brentwood Historic District as well as the first time a historic Brentwood church is open to the public. The Church of God in Christ will generously open its doors to the public and display its recent renovation and preservation efforts. Built by the Church of Latter Day Saints and now home to the largest African-American church in the state, this majestic building conveys much cultural, religious and architectural significance.
The tour will be a walking tour of a single block with free parking at the church. The street will be blocked off and tour participants will enjoy music, food and craft vendors and check out some vintage cars. In addition to showing off their homes, Brentwood homeowners will share some of their personal stories of perseverance as they transformed neglected houses into beautiful homes.
A portion of each tour ticket sold will go toward renovating Virginia Park, a small neighborhood park also in the GCNA at 15th Street and Virginia Avenue. Tour headquarters will be at 18th and Willetta streets, just south of McDowell. You can buy tickets there on tour day or buy in advance online.
Lyle Plocher is a licensed Arizona real estate broker with the Urban Connection Realty Team at HomeSmart. Lyle can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous week’s games
2/16/10 SUNS 109, Grizzlies 95
2/17/10 Mavericks 107, SUNS 97
Upcoming week’s games
2/19/10 SUNS vs Hawks, 7 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
2/21/10 SUNS vs Kings, 6 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
2/23/10 SUNS @ Thunder, 6 p.m., My45
2/24/10 SUNS vs 76ers, 7 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
For the last week or so, it looked like Amar’e Stoudemire was definitely on his way out of the Valley of the Sun. Last night’s game against the Mavericks was going to be his curtain call. Then, at approximately 5 p.m. Phoenix time, the Cleveland Cavaliers made a trade for Antawn Jamison of the Washington Wizards. Shortly thereafter, Joe Gambadoro of KTAR reported that Stoudemire would remain a Sun.
At first I thought this would throw wrench into the blogged I had planned out. I was all set to write about what may happen in the city of Phoenix if STAT leaves town. After much eternal debate, I’ve decided to write that blog anyway. So, just in case the reports are incorrect, here is what I expect to see happen if Stoudemire is dealt sometime before today’s 1 p.m. trade deadline.
Schwartz Laser Eye Center will go out of business.
I’m not sure why this hasn’t been talked about yet, but nobody would be affected more by a Stoudemire trade than Dr. Jay Schwartz. Stoudemire has been putting the Schwartz children through college. I’m not just talking about the recent eye problems Stoudemire has had, either. Since arriving in Phoenix back in 2002, he’s been paying visits to Dr. Schwartz. Many people may not realize this, but STAT was legally blind (or at least close to it) in one of his eyes early on in his career. Schwartz fixed that right up. Then, of course, there’s the infamous torn retina that Stoudemire suffered last year. I don’t know how much these different eye procedures cost, but I’m sure those are funds that Dr. Schwartz would hate to lose.
Stoudemire’s Downtown will become Taylor Griffin’s OK BBQ.
This one could happen even if Stoudemire doesn’t get traded with the way the restaurant has performed up to this point. Clearly, paying a big-time athlete to use his name as the name of your restaurant hasn’t helped, so why not let bench-warmer Taylor Griffin take it over? He needs to do something while he’s in Phoenix. Do I have any proof that he can cook? Nope. Do I have any proof that he likes to cook? Nope. Do I have any proof that he has any desire to have a restaurant named after him? Nope. I do know that he’s from Oklahoma, though, so naturally I assume he knows a mean barbecue. Who wouldn’t want to get some barbecue ribs or chicken and corn on the cob before or after a game? I know I would. I know Kenny Bump would be all over this! Mr. Griffin, what are you waiting for?
Young kids in Arizona will go blind.
You’re probably really confused by this one, so let me explain it to you. Kids in Arizona hated wearing protective eye wear. Can you blame them? They mostly look horrible and are a surefire way to encourage bully attacks. A kid wearing glasses is definitely uncool, and said kid never has any lunch money. Wear glasses and want to play sports? You’d get picked on more for wearing hideous goggles. That all changed once Stoudemire began to wear his goggles on the court and his nifty Weezer-esque glasses off it. Now it’s suddenly hip to wear glasses. All the cool kids are doing it. So, what happens if Stoudemire leaves Phoenix? Kids resort back to their old ways. They stop wearing their glasses and start running into things. They get poked in the eyes. Basically, they all go blind. Can Robert Sarver sleep at night knowing he is personally responsible for causing every young child in Arizona to go blind? I know I couldn’t.
So, there you have it. If Stoudemire gets traded, our doctors go out of business and our kids go blind, but we do get a better restaurant. I guess one out of three ain’t bad.
From the Arizona Room is a weekly column examining the historic, reuse and infill structures in Downtown Phoenix. The inspiration for this column stems from the ever-expanding resources in Burton Barr Central Library’s Arizona Room (located on the fourth floor). For further information on this and other historic structures in the area, visit the Arizona Room during normal library hours.
139 N. 6th St. in Copper Square
The architectural variety in Heritage Square is astounding — from the clean lines of the Arizona Science Center to the bricked fortitude of Pizzeria Bianco, there are no two buildings alike within the space. The Rosson House is no different. Built in 1895, the Rosson House is one of Phoenix’s original homes, and it is one of the only remaining examples of a brief Victorian architectural influence that swept into (and quickly out of) town in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Perhaps the most striking building in Heritage Square (not to downplay the Science Center’s monolithic presence or the Teeter House’s understated charm), the Rosson House is now a museum dedicated to preserving and displaying the history of Heritage Square and the house itself. Specifically, the museum focuses on the period of 1895-1915, when architect A.P. Petit was drawing up plans for structures that quite simply didn’t skimp on the details — ornate structures with soaring cupolas, hand-carved detail work and a great variety of materials. The Rosson House is his only remaining structure.
Dr. Roland Rosson was the original owner of the home, and at one point in time he was the mayor of Phoenix. After his time with the city, Dr. Rosson began to summer elsewhere and rented the home for half the year to National Herald Tribune editor Whitelaw Reid.
Over the years, the home also became known as the Whitelaw Reid House, but that alias has largely been forgotten since the home became the Rosson House Museum. Reid summered in Phoenix, but another one of his homes in Ohio is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well. The Rosson House was officially placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.
The Rosson House is available for tours. See its website for full details, or call 602.262.5070.
Sources: Phoenix Historic Building Survey by Charles Hall Page and Associates, Sep. 1979; Rosson House Museum; National Register of Historic Places
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That’s it. I can physically provide evidence that heaven exists: chicken and waffles accompanied by mason jars full of sweet tea.
Once I set foot inside of Lo-Lo’s, I was instantaneously back in the Deep South. The smell of grease clung to my lungs as I lofted my nose in the air to embrace the deep-fried aroma. I pinched myself repeatedly until it welted to prove to myself that I was experiencing this sweet voyage back to my homeland.
Once I was seated, it was hard not to laugh when they actually asked what I wanted to eat and drink. My mind could not wrap itself around the fact that there were other choices. Literally, they could just seat me with an order of said chicken and waffles and it would save time and precious words. The menu does list several items that totally vibe of Grandma’s cuisine — collard greens, fried okra, cheese grits, side of gravy, string beans and red potatoes and, of course, red velvet cake.
First to arrive was my delectable sweet tea. I admit that a tear clung to my eye like Sylvester Stallone clinging to cliffs. It was perfectly mixed for this Southern boy (in other words, it was so sweet that normal people would instantly perish from the amount of sugar injected into their systems). To make it even more endearing, it was served up in a classic mason jar. There is no better way to serve beverages ever. Period.
As if delivered from rays of sunshine floating down onto the table, my chicken and waffles arrived. I would lay out in detail how everything tasted, but the next moments are rather fuzzy in my mind. It is a blur of chicken wings and slathered syrup. I do remember that the waffles tasted like homemade, fluffy amazingness. And, when they were combined with a bite of chicken, I lost consciousness. It could have been the food coma that I was subjecting myself to, or the blatant presence of perfection in each bite. Perhaps both. The world may never know.
I do highly recommend that you allow your palate to encounter the majesty that is Lo-Lo’s. My hope for you is that you are swept away into a world where overalls and bare feet are acceptable attire and the perfect cuisine can destroy your New Year’s resolutions. I now must go so I can become mayor of this wonderful land of Southern dreams.
Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles is located at 10 W. Yuma St. in SoDo/Warehouse — 602.340.1304
The portion of Downtown Phoenix that the U.S. Postal Service considers the 85007 ZIP code is diverse to the max, to say the least. That not only applies to the types of homes and living environments, but also to the commercial sector.
The actual boundaries of this ZIP code are 7th Avenue on the east, 19th Avenue on the east, the Salt River basin on the south and Thomas Road on the north.
On the commercial side of things, you have old warehouse buildings along both sides of the railroad tracks, just west of 7th Avenue, from Jefferson to Lincoln streets, which are currently being used for both industrial and artistic purposes. You may have read here at DPJ recently about the .anti_space Gallery relocating to this area.
Moving west along the north side of the railroad tracks, you have the CASS Shelter. Going further west and slightly north is the state government complex, including our State Capitol building. Continuing north, you arrive at the infamous Lower Grand Avenue, which is emerging as an artistic and vibrant corridor featuring art galleries, cafés (including Sapna Café and the Paisley Violin) and a variety of creative and entrepreneurial businesses.
On McDowell Road, you can get a coffee, Asian food or a cocktail, all at the corner of 7th Avenue where Starbucks, Pei Wei and SideBar all reside. Traveling west on McDowell, you will encounter the Arizona State Fairgrounds. Finally, heading north on 15th Avenue, you can enjoy the very large and beautiful Encanto Park and even play a round of golf at the Public Golf Course at Encanto Park. After finishing your time at the park or on the links, you can stroll over to The Original Hamburger Works, a great Downtown burger shop and pub.
As far as living in 85007 goes, there are a wide variety of choices, with eight different historic neighborhoods, an ultra-modern condo complex (PRD 845) and a variety of apartment complexes. Adjacent to and just south of Grand Avenue, the Oakland and Woodland Historic neighborhoods represent the most affordable opportunities for someone to live in a historic district in Phoenix. Some homes in the Woodland neighborhood date back to the early 1900s.
Just to the north of Grand Avenue, straddling both sides of I-10, is the F.Q. Story neighborhood, with 602 homes dating from the late 1920s and spanning a variety of architectural styles, including Spanish Colonial Revival, English Tudor, Craftsman bungalows and Transitional Ranch.
Between McDowell and Thomas and 7th to 17th avenues, wrapped around three sides of Encanto Park, there are five historic neighborhoods, including Encanto-Palmcroft, Encanto Vista, Fairview Place, Del Norte Place and Margarita Place. These neighborhoods feature homes built from 1920 to 1953. Encanto-Palmcroft is the most notable of these neighborhoods, being a past home of U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Renquist.
Delving into each of these neighborhoods or districts is obviously not possible in one brief blog posting, but hopefully this gives readers a basic overview of some of the things happening in 85007 and what some of their living options may be.
Lyle Plocher is a licensed Arizona real estate broker with the Urban Connection Realty team at HomeSmart. Lyle can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.