They resemble picture postcards from the recent past: the one of the big, pink, stucco apartment house on Central Avenue; the one of that weird, circular bank that looks like a spaceship; the one of Gammage Auditorium, glowing warmly with violet light. But Michael Lundgrens images from "Mid-Century Marvels: The Historic Buildings Photography Project" capture more humor and affection than any old postcard ever could. In the Gammage shot, that venerable structure appears to be smiling at us; the straightforward, lonely photo of the stuccoed, Space Age City Center Motel tells a story of styles abandonment without a single boarded-up window in sight.
Lundgrens regard for these historical buildings from the ´50s and ´60s, which he was commissioned by the City of Phoenix to capture, is apparent. His angles on more mundane buildings weve been driving past for years show them for what they are: significant examples of an architectural movement thats long since passed. The portrait of the Seventh Avenue Bashas' building reveals the structures low, clean lines; the double-peaked roof of that old bowling alley on Bethany Home Road is celebrated in a photo thats both mirthful and filled with woe, because design like this is, unfortunately, a thing of the past.
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