Best Downtown Building to Poke Your Head Into Phoenix 2010 - Lois Grunow Memorial Clinic
This stunning Spanish Colonial Revival building is home to a clinic named for Lois Anita Grunow, who died in 1929 at the age of 7 from a ruptured appendix. Her well-to-do parents built the clinic, recognizable by its distinctive bas-relief façade etched with elaborate stone carvings. Its two-story open lobby, though, is really worth a peek: all stonework and wall murals and high-up windows that let in some lovely, late-afternoon light. Appointed with period-correct furniture, the lobby still sports a series of paintings — one of them a portrait of little Lois — commissioned by Maximilian Aurel Reinitz Rasko, a noted artist popular at the time of the building's dedication in 1931. Check it out!