Architecture and Design

Phoenix Razing: 9 Buildings That Deserve Demolition

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Patrick Bryant
Asi Es La Vida Restaurant
3602 North 24th Street

I’m sure their enchiladas are lovely. And the problem here isn’t structural, as this modified saltbox has some interesting lines and angles. But hot pink with lime-green awnings? Here’s proof you can ruin a perfectly nice building with a terrifying paint job.
Local preservationists are still clutching their stomachs and groaning about our latest architectural loss. In late February, the Molly Helen Neal house at 120 East Willetta Street was bulldozed by developers who recently bought the property. Built in 1920 and designed by famed architectural firm Lescher and Mahoney, the building was offered for free to anyone who could pay to move it. The new owners (who plan, naturally, to build condos on the site) even offered 50 grand in financial assistance toward relocating the gorgeous but dilapidated old house. But no one was willing the pony up the rest of the dough needed to move it.

Which has me thinking, as I often do, about all the ugly buildings that deserve to be razed. Here’s my latest list of eyesores I’m certain no one would miss should they be knocked over tomorrow. Robrt L. Pela