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Tonight: Architect Frank Henry Talks "Architecture in the Sonoran Desert" at Burton Barr Library

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Frank Henry is a staple in the local architecture community. After becoming the first person in Arizona to receive a Bachelor of Architecture degree from ASU in 1960, he became an expert and local resource on local architecture and the ecology of the southwest and currently works at Taliesin West.

Tonight, as part of the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture's series of free presentations on city development and historic preservation, Henry will address local architectural trends and styles as well as "the uniqueness of the Sonoran Desert ecology and how humans have failed and succeeded in adapting their architecture to it."

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Frank's presentation comes at an interesting time in Arizona historic preservation as advocates are still fighting to save a Frank Lloyd Wright home in Arcadia and saw the demolition of the historic Madison Hotel in downtown Phoenix last week.

Frank's presentation is free and open to the public tonight from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Pulliam Auditorium of Burton Barr Central Library at 1221 N. Central Ave.. According to The Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission and the Historic Preservation Commission, the series complements the current exhibition at the Gallery @ City Hall, 200 W. Washington St..

The exhibition, titled "Phoenix Icons: The Art of Our Historic Landmarks" includes 33 photographs by Patrick Madigan and Michael Lundgren of historic Phoenix landmarks. Madigan and Lundgren's work are among hundreds of artworks in the city's historic Municipal Art Collection and will rotate in exhibitions at The Gallery @ City Hall.

Future presentations will take place on November 14, December 6, January 9 and February 14. For more information, check out the phoenix.gov/arts or call 602-262-4637.

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