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HISTORIC ELLIS-SHACKELFORD HOUSE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH
Arizona Humanities (AH) invites the public to a FREE Open House at the Ellis-Shackelford House on Saturday February 8th, 2014 from 11am – 3pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the nearly century old mansion that is home to AH offices and learn about this historic Phoenix treasure on ‘Millionaire’s Row.’
Built in 1917 by prominent physician Dr. William C. Ellis, the house is significant for its architectural design, use of materials, early technological achievements, and high level of craftsmanship. The style blends elements of the Prairie Style, common in the Midwest, with detailing of the Craftsman Style, which was then in vogue in Phoenix.
This home is the only unaltered survivor of early North Central Avenue mansions in Phoenix, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and in the Phoenix Historic Property Register. During the historic period from the mid-1910s through the 1930s, this section of Central Avenue was nicknamed Millionaires’ Row for the mansions of similar style and grandeur lining the avenue.
In 2012 and 2013, the Ellis-Shackelford House went through a 9-month renovation, rehabilitating and restoring the historic property. More information on the Ellis-Shackelford House can be found at http://azhumanities.org/eshouse.php.
The newly restored Ellis-Shackelford House and home of AH is located on Central Avenue and Culver (1242 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004). The Open House is FREE and open to the public. For questions, please call 602-257-0335 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Open House is in conjunction with Day at Hance Park, a celebration of the many arts and cultural organizations that surround Margaret T. Hance Park in Downtown Phoenix hosted by the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department. Enjoy FREE access to cultural institutions, family activities, and performances in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Families can explore history and culture, listen to stories told by BookPALS readers, discover the magic of books, learn about upcoming classes, programs and events, take part in ceramic demonstrations and interactive tea displays, and enjoy live entertainment and puppet shows.
Other participating organizations include: Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Irish Cultural Center, Friends of Hance Dog Park, Camp Colley Foundation, Phoenix Public Library (Burton Barr), the Great Arizona Puppet Theater, and Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center.
The festival will be based in the western part of Hance Park just west of the Central Avenue bridge on the green adjacent to the Japanese Friendship Garden and neighborhood playground. More information is available by phone at 602 262-4827, email@example.com, or online at http://phoenix.gov/parks.
David Krietor has served as CEO of the newly-formed Downtown Phoenix, Inc. (“DPI”) since April 8, 2013. In that time, he has begun work with community stakeholders to develop the downtown we want. “Your Downtown” shares his thoughts and DPI’s progress with the downtown community and beyond. Read the other chats here.
First of all, thank you for your feedback and additions to our 2013 “positives” list. The most current list, which grew by several more, can be viewed here on Downtown Phoenix Journal.
And speaking of the media, The Wall Street Journal published an extensive “Guide to the Ultimate Long Weekend in Phoenix” on January 17th. You’ll be proud that numerous downtown and midtown Phoenix locales made the list. Then, look what readers of the New York Daily News saw upon opening their Saturday paper: a Phoenix GRID bike share bicycle on the streets of New York. Word’s getting around.
Now let’s get around to learning about other recent news of note here in our downtown…
What is the latest regarding DPI’s organizational capacity?
Mayor Greg Stanton has appointed District 7 Councilman Michael Nowakowski to the Downtown Phoenix, Inc. Board of Directors. In addition to representing much of downtown, Councilman Nowakowski has a strong background in events and marketing which will be an important benefit to the DPI leadership team. The Mayor also reappointed Cindy Dach from Roosevelt Row Community Development Corp., Tim Eigo from Downtown Voices Coalition, and Kimber Lanning from Local First Arizona as his designees on the DPI Board.
What are some examples of downtown’s economic and cultural vitality?
These next few months are filling up rapidly with an impressive line-up of downtown events and activities. Mark your calendar and get ready for the following:
February: The Mayor’s Super Pool Party, Feb. 2 ~ Infill & Adaptive Reuse in Phoenix: What Pencils?, Feb. 4 ~ First Friday Artwalk, Feb. 7 ~ Phoenix Chinese Week, Feb. 7-9 ~ A Day in the Park, Feb. 8 ~ Willo Home Tour, Feb. 9 ~ Devour Phoenix’s 5th Annual Bartending Competition, Feb. 9 ~ Grant Park Area Development Project Community Meeting, Feb. 12 ~ Arizona Matsuri Festival, Feb. 22-23 ~ Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel’s Birthday Bash, Feb 22
March: Mardi Gras Parade, March 1 ~ Devoured Phoenix Culinary Classic, March 1 ~ Art d’Core Gala, March 1 ~ First Friday Artwalk, March 7 ~ VIVA PHX, March 7 ~ Art Detour 26, March 8-9 ~ St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire, March 15 ~ Hance Park Master Plan Final Presentation, March 27 ~ McDowell Mountain Music Festival, March 28-30 ~ KAET Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival, March 30
And here’s one event we just have to focus on because (a) it’s coming up soon and (b) the whole “warm sun versus frigid cold” thing… Bag some rays while watching this year’s Big Game (being played in New Jersey… brrr!) and celebrate the official start of the countdown to next year’s Super Bowl XLIX being played right here in the Valley.
Join Mayor Stanton at his city soiree being held at Hotel Palomar’s beautiful Lustre Rooftop Garden, where you’ll enjoy the usual football fun – high definition, adult beverages, chicken wings, high fives – plus special Phoenix touches like cabanas, ping pong, corn bag, and oh-by-the-way a heated pool. Party starts at 2 p.m. Kickoff at 4:25 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited (around 300) so come early. And remember your sunscreen.
Leadership and advocacy are critical elements of effective community development. Where do you see this occurring?
Things, development-wise, are buzzing. The hive @ central co-working space opened at Burton Barr Central Library and the ASU School of Art Grant Street Studios opened in the vintage Levine Machine Building in downtown’s Warehouse District. Both events were extremely well attended and indicators of positive things to come.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Gina McCarthy, visited Phoenix a few weeks ago and toured places and projects demonstrating Phoenix’s commitment to a more sustainable city. McCarthy’s favorite stop was Grand Avenue, not only for the excellent piece of pie she enjoyed at Bragg’s Factory Diner, but because the recent streetscape improvements from Seventh Avenue to Roosevelt along Grand emanated from recommendations outlined in the EPA’s Greening America’s Capitals grant awarded to Phoenix in 2011.
With the economy picking up, the California-based Hansji Urban is progressing with its $80 million, 19-story Luhrs City Center Marriott to be situated at the northwest corner of Madison Street and Central Avenue. In the mid-2000s, the City of Phoenix allowed for the demolition and development of the 1912 Luhrs Central building (where the Marriott Courtyard and Residence Inn are slated to go) in order to protect and renovate three other historic buildings on the same block – the 1924 Luhrs Building, 1929 Luhrs Tower, and Luhrs Post Office Station and Arcade in-between the two taller structures.
Across the street, at the southeast corner of Jefferson and Central there’s movement afoot to revitalize the 1915 Jefferson Hotel (now known as the Barrister Building and former home of the Phoenix Police Museum and several city departments). Last fall, the Phoenix City Council voted to conduct a formal bid process to sell or lease the building with a conservation easement to maintain the historic facade. Valued at approximately $1.5 million, the building will be put on the market in the next few months by the City. Potential future uses could be a hotel, restaurant, retail shops, or offices.
The Phoenix City Council approved the proposed mixed-use new construction project on two vacant city-owned parcels and the renovation and adaptive reuse of the historic Leighton G. Knipe House, all situated on North Second Street, between Roosevelt and Portland Streets. After additional community feedback, Roosevelt Housing Associates, developers of “The Row,” modified their initial proposal to develop approximately 15-20 percent of the housing units as market rate, with no age or income restrictions; require all tenants to sign an affidavit acknowledging they are moving into a vibrant arts district; develop the street-level units as live-work artist studios; actively market the project to artists; and dedicate a portion of the common area space for local artists to prominently display their works. With City Council approval, the developer and City staff will continue to work with neighborhood groups through the design process.
January has also brought out the urban planner in all of us!
The Roosevelt Row CDC recently completed its report, “Roosevelt Row: Artists’ District, Creative Placemaking in Downtown Phoenix,” and will begin a series of public forums to discuss the findings and outline next steps.
The Phoenix Center for the Arts hosted a well-attended community forum on commercial district revitalization, focusing on Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue, and downtown Mesa. (Yes, downtown Mesa.
Steps being taken by developer Feliciano Vera to involve community members in visioning his proposed mixed-use development project in downtown’s warehouse district was the subject of a Marketplace radio segment aired over 500-plus public radio stations nationwide.
Lauren Allsopp, Ph.D., faculty associate at ASU’s School of Geographic Sciences and Urban Planning, is conducting an urban design workshop focusing on downtown’s warehouse district. The class is researching the district’s storied history, past developments positive and negative, and recommendations for the future.
The Hance Park Master Plan Design Team presented its interim design plan to a packed house at the Phoenix Art Museum. The final design plan will be unveiled on March 27 at a Hance Park Festival featuring live music, food, beer garden, and fun activities for young, old, and in-between.
In closing…That’s enough for now. Well, I take that back. Here are a few other things we found online that you’ll find interesting: downtown’s multitude of Best Of winners, co-working and makerspaces popping up in and around downtown, a birds-eye view of the Ground Cover Public Art Project installation (pictured above) and this fun time lapse video of downtown buildings and streetscapes.
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HEARD MUSEUM BRINGS BACK A TASTE OF THE SWEET LIFE AT ‘HAUTE CHOCOLATE’ MARKET & FESTIVAL
Local chocolatiers offer chocolate tastings; enjoy chocolate cocktails while models walk the runway in beautiful outfits partially made with edible components – including chocolate!
Chocolate tastings offered by local chocolatiers and top resorts, live entertainment, chocolate cocktails and a “chocolate couture” fashion show will delight visitors to the second annual Haute Chocolate Market & Festival on Friday, Jan. 31, at the Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.
A highlight of the evening—5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Heard’s Steele Auditorium—will be chocolate couture in the form of a live fashion show, produced with the East Valley Institute of Technology: Chocolate and other edibles will be found in components of each outfit the models will be wearing!
Vendors who have confirmed participation include: Art Institute of Phoenix, b Naked Chocolate, Chakra 4, Chocolade van Brugge, Chocolates by MJosephs, Courtyard Café, DD’s Desert Delights, East Valley Institute of Technology, Fairy Tale Brownies, Goodytwos Toffee Co., Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch, It’s a Divine Bakery, Paletas Betty, The Phoenician resort, Pistol Whipped Pastry; Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain hotel; Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, Sherrye’s Kitchen, Stone Grindz, Super Chunk Sweets and Treats/Cowboy Ciao, and Wei of Chocolate.
Tickets are $40 or $70 for two, with a special limited VIP package – early entrance at 5 p.m., a signature drink, a souvenir tote bag and premium seating for the chocolate fashion show — available for $75 per person. Tickets and information are available at heard.org/chocolate. The Heard’s Courtyard Café will reopen for dinner on Jan. 31 from 4 to 7 p.m., featuring a special chocolate-based menu that is detailed at heard.org/chocolate. Space is limited; reservations are recommended at 602-251-0204. And the Heard Museum Shop will be open during the festival, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
The Heard is currently displaying an exhibit telling of chocolate’s origins in the cacao plant of Central and South America, and how, through trade with Native peoples, it made its way to North America, then to Europe and the rest of the world. Chocolate, Chili and Cochineal is on display through Nov. 30, 2014. Information on the exhibit — which requires separate admission to the museum during its regular hours — is available at heard.org/currentexhibits/ChocoChiliCochineal.html.
Gather a collection of oranges, tangerines, and lemons to bring to GROWop Boutique’s first “The BIG Squeeze” sale, where customers who bring a bag of citrus fruit will benefit the local food bank and also receive 5% off in addition to the already-marked down items.
The clearance event featuring inventory marked down as low as 75% kicks off on Saturday, February 1 and will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the 6th Street location.
Owner Kenny Barrett says the lawn sale will have a flea market vibe, where a variety of vintage clothes, housewares, handmade jewelry and other unique finds will be for sale.
If the winter sale results in a good “cleansing” that day, the event will continue on Sunday, said Barrett.
Shop and sip on fresh-squeezed O.J. or a mimosa while helping the store clear out the fall and winter inventory in order to squeeze in room for spring arrivals.
To prepare for a day of sweet deals, make sure to RSVP for the event on GROWop’s Facebook page and follow them on Instagram @growopboutique.
For more information about the store, visit their website or call them at 602-714-5256.
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I admit, I have mixed emotions about the injury to Eric Bledsoe. Prior to his surgery to repair a torn meniscus the Suns were the surprise of the NBA, solidly in playoff contention with a 19-11 record. They are 5-6 since and clinging to a playoff spot.
Every indication is that Bledsoe will take his time rehabbing the knee to make sure he’s 100% healthy before returning to action, so there’s no telling when we’ll see him again this season. Part of me feels he should take as much time as he needs, and maybe even more.
Here’s my theory…
There are six elite teams in the Western Conference. The ageless Spurs continue to be the class of the league. The Thunder, Rockets, Clippers, Blazers, and Warriors are all loaded with young talent and are only going to get better.
All these teams are on pace to win at least 50 games this season, and are built for long-term success. Even a completely healthy Suns team would be hard pressed to crack that group this season. To once again reach the top level of the Western Conference, the Suns, as much as I love this year’s model, need to a few more key pieces. Adding another quality young player with a high draft pick would help.
On the other hand…
I can’t wait until Bledsoe gets back on the court. It would be great to see what kind of run this team could make with everyone healthy. The total domination of the Pacers on Wednesday night, who happen to have the best record in the league, proves that this team can play with anyone, with or without Bledsoe.
Everyone in the rotation is playing at or near career best levels. Miles Plumlee is averaging nearly a double-double and is in the top 10 in blocks. Channing Frye is having a truly miraculous comeback season. Gerald Green is finally in a situation that is allowing his incredible talents to emerge (did you see that dunk?). PJ Tucker has settled in as a starter and team leader. The Morris twins are providing a great spark off the bench. Leandro Barbosa is back, and hasn’t missed a beat. Jeff Hornacek is a strong candidate for NBA Coach of the Year.
With Bledsoe back, he and Goran Dragic can pick up where they left off, quickly becoming one of the top backcourts in the NBA. Did I mention that I love this team?
OK, maybe my emotions aren’t as mixed as I thought.
If You Go
Event: Suns vs Washington Wizards
Date: Friday, January 24
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: US Airways Center