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 second floor). For further information on this and other historic structures in the area, visit the Arizona Room during normal library hours.
10-30 N. 3rd Ave. (light rail at Central/Washington westbound or 1st Ave/Jefferson eastbound)
Sticklers is a popular lunchtime joint for both city and county employees, yet the building’s Neo-Classical architecture, seemingly not fit for sandwiches and salads, always commands a glance. It has been on the northwest corner of 3rd Avenue and Washington Street since 1920, housing various businesses through multiple alterations.
When it was built, it was known simply as the J.M. Walker Building. Noted architect Lee Fitzhugh was called onto the project, and he created what is still today Phoenix’s best Neo-Classical example. Though it stands at just two stories, original plans called for a six-story building. Despite being scaled back before construction began, original tenant J.C. Penney still occupied the space until 1926.
A fairly extensive remodel in ’26 paved the way for Central Arizona Light and Power to take over the building. Following a 1950s merger, this company became Arizona Public Services Company, simply known as APS today.
Even now, the building’s original charming qualities are still evident. Stately Corinthian pilasters greet the traffic of Washington Street, framed by intricate cornice brackets with carefully carved dentils — details so precise in Neo-Colonial-style buildings. The heavy eaves seem to reach out toward the street corner, as if greeting visitors.
Time and time again, the building has seen alterations to suit its tenants, but the fact remains that the J.M. Walker Building is one of the city’s most beautiful commercial buildings. Next time you stop in for a bite at Sticklers, take a moment to marvel at the details. Your visit will be just another page in the history of this storied structure.
Note: The building’s original address upon construction was 10 N. 3rd Ave. It has since been changed to 30 N. 3rd Ave.
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Source: City of Phoenix Historical/Architectural Survey of City-Owned Properties, August 1986
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Previous week’s games
02/25/2011 SUNS 110, Raptors 92
02/27/2011 SUNS 110, Pacers 108 OT
02/28/2011 SUNS 104, Nets 103 OT
03/02/2011 Celtics 115, SUNS 103
Upcoming week’s games
03/04/2011 SUNS @ Bucks, 5:30 p.m., My45
03/06/2011 SUNS @ Thunder, 5 p.m., My45
03/08/2011 SUNS vs Rockets, 7 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
03/10/2011 SUNS vs Nuggets, 8:30 p.m., Fox Sports Arizona
Last week, I had originally planned to write about Channing Frye. The Phoenix Suns’ last-minute trade of Goran Dragic and a draft pick to the Houston Rockets for point guard Aaron Brooks pushed my piece on Frye back a week. It appears to have worked out in my favor.
In the past week, Frye has hit two game-winning shots — both in overtime and on back-to-back nights. As far as I know, those are the first two game-winning shots of Frye’s career.
Those shots were both huge. Not only because those were games the Suns had to win, but those are also the type of shots that can boost the confidence of Frye and the team as a whole. That’s not what I want to talk about, though.
Let’s talk about the overwhelming amount of hatred Frye seems to get from the majority of Suns fans. The Chandler native only seems to trail Robin Lopez and Vince Carter in fan disdain, and I can’t figure out why.
I get that people think he’s overpaid. And maybe he is. You can make an argument for both sides. Bottom line though, there are certainly a lot of guys in the Association making equal to or more than Frye that provide less production for their teams. Not only are some of these guys less talented, but they also don’t even bring the effort.
I’m not much of a numbers guy, so I won’t bore you with statistics, but rather simply explain what I see watching Frye play.
The first thing that stands out to me is Frye’s effort. The former Wildcat plays with a passion and gives his all on the floor. How many times have we seen a player have one great season, sign his big contract and just phone it in after that? It would’ve been very easy for Frye to do this, especially given his early season struggles. He didn’t. He’s continue to work harder and is having arguably his best season ever.
Frye’s importance to the Phoenix’s offensive style is oftentimes overlooked. In my opinion, he’s the second most important player behind Steve Nash when it comes to making this offense work. It doesn’t even matter if he’s hitting his shots. The threat of Frye getting hot spreads the floor and allows Nash room to operate. Frye could be 0-20 and the opposition still wouldn’t leave him wide open because that would be downright foolish.
His 6.5 rebounds a game may not look impressive given his size, but when you factor in that more often than not he’s out around the perimeter, that total looks a lot better. His defense isn’t half-bad, either. His team defense is solid, and he holds his own in the post. Plus, he’s good for at least one block a game.
My theory is Frye came on so strong as a three-point shooter a year ago, that people expect him to hit threes and that’s it. Fans fail to notice the other things he does. His defense, rebounding and inside game have all gotten better and he is still young enough to continue to improve. Eventually, others will take notice.
Frye is one of those guys that should be easy to cheer for. He’s a hometown guy, he never complains, he puts the goals of the team first and he gives 110% every game. He’s what’s right about the NBA. He makes me proud to be a Phoenix Suns fan and prouder to be a native of Arizona.
Suns and Stars Gala
Be sure to pick your tickets for the Suns and Stars Gala 2011. The Suns and Stars Gala is an event that gives fans the opportunity to rub elbows with their favorite Suns players while raising money for charities. In addition to meeting Suns players, fans at this year’s event will get to see a performance from the legendary Huey Lewis and the News. This year’s event takes place on Friday, March 11 at Talking Stick Resort. Fans can learn more by visiting the Suns charities website here.
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It’s loud, it’s crazy, it’s SO FUN!!! I enjoy bowling, but this is so much more. We had some wine and a couple appetizers while I destroyed my wife in bowling (snicker). It’s a bit tough to get in, so be sure to call first and make a reservation, if you can.
Mostly good for the family. I mean, there’s drinking, and semi-tightly dressed waitresses and such, but it’s really not too bad, IMHO. Our waitress was new in town and we had all these great conversations about the area. She made some perfect food suggestions and was super awesome in every way. A great place to go, I promise!
If you can bring enough people with you to book both lanes in your little booth area, I would suggest that. We shared our booth with this other group we didn’t know and they were nice and all but kept making out with each other (there were three couples) right in front of our table. Of course, our table faced their lane. A little off-putting, but not enough to not come back. Next time though, we will book in advance and make sure to bring non-make-out-in-front-of-you-type friends.
Lucky Strike Lanes is located at 50 W. Jefferson St. Downtown (light rail at Central/Washington or 1st Ave./Jefferson stations) — 602.732.5490
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- 4 p.m. — Irish house music
- 5:30-7 p.m. — Emerald Rising
- 7:30-9 p.m. — Aengus Og
Outdoors not your thing? Irish pubs in Central Phoenix will undoubtedly be in the spirit all day long:
Rosey McCaffrey’s —906 E. Camelback Rd.
Seamus McCaffrey’s — 18 W. Monroe St. (light rail at Central/Washington westbound or 1st Ave/Jefferson eastbound)
Turf Irish Pub — 705 N. 1st St. (light rail at Central Station)
Previous week’s games
02/23/2011 SUNS 105, Hawks 97
Upcoming week’s games
02/25/2011 SUNS @ Raptors, 5 p.m., My45
02/27/2011 SUNS @ Pacers, 10 a.m., My45
02/28/2011 SUNS @ Nets, 5 p.m., My45
03/02/2011 SUNS @ Celtics, 5:30 p.m., My45
As this year’s NBA trade deadline approached yesterday afternoon, it appeared the Phoenix Suns would stand pat. The word from both the local and national media was that the Suns liked the direction the team is heading and felt they’ve finally started building chemistry and didn’t feel making a move was worth the risk.
This seemed very much true right up until the closing minutes of the deadline. That’s when The Arizona Republic‘s Paul Coro broke the news that the Suns were sending backup point guard Goran Dragic and a first-round pick in June’s draft to the Houston Rockets for point guard Aaron Brooks. Needless to say, this was quite the surprise.
It took me a while to fully digest the trade. Anyone that knows me knows that I’m a big Dragic fan. I like his potential and the talent he has shown. I think he will end up being very good in this league and he’s one of the nicest people I have ever met. So, it’s certainly sad to see him go.
But receiving Brooks in return could end up being very good.
Last season Brooks had a breakout season, winning the Most Improved Player award. This season has seen Brooks take a big step back, but an early season injury could be the cause of that. Brooks hurt his ankle in the fifth game of the season and by the time he recovered he had lost his starting spot. He has yet to regain his form.
A change in scenery may be just what Brooks needs. Based on his performances playing against the Suns, Brooks should excel in the uptempo offense the Suns run.
Overall, I like the trade. It gives the Suns an added spark off the bench that is sure to come in handy as the playoff race tightens up. This year, the bench has often given up leads, so something needed to be done. This move has the potential to fix that problem.
The Suns were worried about toying with the chemistry that they had recently started to build. This trade should have little impact on that. At worst, this would be a lateral move and the Suns would basically be in the same spot they’ve been in. At best, it could pay huge dividends, as Brooks has shown he can be an explosive scorer.
Dragic will be very much missed, as he was a crowd favorite, and it’s always hard to part ways with someone you’ve become such a fan of, but we’ll always have game three of the Western Conference semifinals against the Spurs.