Defining Desert Living - Summer 2022

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Defining Desert Living

Architecturally Unique Homes

BRENT KENDLE SUMMER 2022

Design Matters

PAUL COZE Kachina Overload, 1971

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IN HIS OWN WORDS Editor’s Note: “Hot Town, Summer in the City…” I’d guess that the Lovin’ Spoonful might have had our Arizona in mind when they penned those lyrics. I don’t know anyone that loves our summer desert heat, but it is a beautiful time here nonetheless with majestic thunderstorms and fantastical lightening shows, plus a whole culture built around starting early and playing late. Our summers showcase great architecture. Designed for Arizona, these buildings can make our desert summers pass comfortably, while still connecting to the outdoors. As Arizonans know, there is a sense of pride that comes with making the most of our summers; good design makes it happen.

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This issue we focus on a celebrated local architect that’s designed in, and for, the desert southwest. Brent Kendle has truly become a key name in our design scene and for good reason. You’ll read how his work plays well in the sun and what motivates him to keep designing at the highest level. We take a look back at a colorful Arizonan that left a unique design legacy. Paul Coze is hard to define: artist, designer, showman, cultural icon, French Cowboy, and more! Today we might call him an influencer, but he left a creative thumbprint on much of the Valley. There was a time when Paul Coze seemed to be everywhere! We take the time to spotlight one of the most creative wineries in Arizona. Los Milics in Elgin Arizona is near and dear to my heart having worked around Arizona vineyards in my youth. It is remarkable how these visionaries are creating this world-class destination winery; a great example how climate, agriculture, architecture, and haute cuisine collide in a most Arizona fashion. You’ll be informed about current art shows, highlights of architecture for sale, and more. We are so glad you’ve joined our conversation. Our business is Architectural Real Estate...but it is our daily passion. Our firm delivers expert marketing and knowledge to buyers and sellers, helping them to achieve their goals. This magazine is just another way we help spread the word about great design in Arizona. It’s all part of what we call Defining Desert Living!

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IN THIS ISSUE IN HIS OWN WORDS

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Editors Notes

ON THE SHELF

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OUR UNIQUE VISUAL WEALTH

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Brent Kendle / Design Matters

ON THE MARKET

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DESERT RIDER

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Phoenix Art Museum

PAUL COZE Kachina Overload, 1971

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LOOKING BACK

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DESIGN SPOTLIGHT

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The Bridge House

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In the midst of our Valley there are cool, irrigated citrus groves in the shadow of Camelback Mountain, along with pockets of Spanish revival, adobe, and midcentury modern ranch homes. There are forests of giant saguaros in the foothills to the north, an area that is known for cutting-edge architecture, and rows of majestic date palms lining streets of historic homes in central Phoenix. All of this makes for a rich, urban landscape that includes modern in-fill architecture, loft projects and stunning high-rise towers. All coexisting within the dramatic backdrop of our unique Sonoran Desert. azarchitecture understands the contrasts and architectural nuances that set unique homes apart. From Frank Lloyd Wright to Case Study, Eames to Al Beadle, azarchitecture speaks the language of modern architecture.

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Brent Kendle Design Matters

DAVID M. BROWN


Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other. –Frank Lloyd Wright, Autobiography, 1932

His office is on an historic road in Scottsdale.

Kendle’s wife, Jeri, is a former interior design professional

His goal is timeless architecture.

who retired from that vocation years ago to pursue charitable nonprofit work. “We have two great and successful adult

Brent Kendle, AIA, LEED AP, is the founder of Kendle Design

boys, Player and Payson, no doubt thanks to their mom,

Collaborative on North Cattle Track Road, which developed

and a pair of crazy labradoodles,” he says.

as an arts community after World War II, led by the Ellis family, who remain neighbors; residents have included

Chi Town to a Desert City

artist Phil Curtis, sculptor Louise Nevelson and architect Vern Swaback, FAIA, one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s final

Kendle was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, the

apprentices.

city where Frank Lloyd Wright worked; many of the master’s early Prairie Style homes can be seen in nearby Oak Park.

During his first 20 years as an architect in Phoenix with

“I was raised in a Mid-Century Modern custom home,

Cornoyer-Hedrick, Kendle designed millions of square feet

designed by my mother, engineered by my father and much

of commercial, corporate, hospitality and senior living. And,

of it built by my parents,” he recalls. “I was always artistic

since opening KDC 20 years ago on July 11, 2002, he and

and drew inspiration from nature,” he adds.

staff have also completed about 225 projects, including his residential masterpiece, “Dancing Light” in Paradise Valley.

At about 10, his mother introduced him to a book on Frank Lloyd Wright she had since college. “From the second or third page, I was hooked and knew what I wanted to do with my life,” he says. “Wright’s work seemed to grow from the unique attributes of the site, in response to and in harmony with nature, and that just clicked with me.” In 1978, he moved to Arizona to attend ASU, inspired by the passive solar focus of its architecture program at the time. Professor Kuhn Kim introduced him to the brilliance of architect Louis Kahn (1901–1974). Another professor at the school, George Christiansen (1929–2003) was also an influence. “Christiansen had as much a lust and enjoyment for living life as for brilliant design and mentorship of other young architects,” Kendle

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says, noting an example, one of his good friends, architect Mark Candelaria, AIA. “He proved that even an architect trained under the modernist master, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, could design contextual homes with great livability and delight.” At Cornoyer-Hedrick, “Bob Hedrick instilled in me his unwavering quest for excellence as well as his sense of humor and wonder for Southwest and Native American history,” he says. While with that firm, he designed the Western Savings Corporate Headquarters, now National Bank of Arizona, at 24th Street and Arizona Biltmore Circle, and Scottsdale Spectrum, an office complex inspired by the Biltmore Hotel on the west side of Scottsdale Road north of Lincoln Drive. Right: Dancing Light Residence, Paradise Valley Below: Desert Wing, Scottsdale AZ


He also helped transform downtown Tempe with work on

Good Design Matters

mixed-use projects such as Centerpoint, Hayden Ferry Lakeside and Marina Heights. And, the KDC team of now

Kendle references Dancing Light, completed in 2017,

seven associates has been the master plan architect for the

in discussing the goals of his work. Built by Scottsdale-

3.5-million-square-foot Grand at Papago Park Center, a

based Desert Star Construction, the 6,200-square-foot

mixed-use development that represents the final phase of

home includes a standalone casita. David Michael Miller

Papago Park Center.

completed the elegantly restrained interior design, and the landscape architect was GBtwo Landscape Architecture,

Frank Lloyd Wright has continued to influence him as well

both Scottsdale based.

as John Lautner, who apprenticed with Wright at Taliesin West, then went on to develop a unique approach to design

“It’s a modest scale home with limited amenities that

in his highly regarded California practice.

recently set the record for most expensive home per square foot ever sold in Arizona, at more than $2,016 per square

“The enigmatic Paul Christian Yeager is an almost forgotten Arizona Mid-Century Modern architect whose work I always find inspiring; no one ever sited a home better,” he says. He adds that contemporary desert dwelling architects have also been inspiring, such as Rick Joy, living and working in Tucson, Will Bruder, now practicing in Portland, and Eddie Jones, semi-retired in the Valley. “The Valley over the last decade or so has been in a sort of architectural renaissance,” Kendle says, “so there are dozens of incredibly talented architects who draw inspiration from this place and whose work inspires me every day.” 12


foot,” Kendle explains. “The dynamic site-specific design

Scott Jarson, who founded Scottsdale-based azarchitecture

and its unique connection to the surrounding nature; the

31 years ago with wife Debbie, says: “As a ‘desert’

feel and flow of the indoor and outdoor living spaces;

architect, Brent is one of a very select group of his local

the deliberately choreographed experience starting at the

contemporaries that are still exploring materials as an

street and winding throughout the home and property: All

expression of the design language. Often incorporating

were considered by the design team, and that is why the

signature mediums such as rammed earth, concrete and

buyers paid what they did.”

steel, he makes this approach all seem highly refined and constructed with heroic visual strength.”

One of the owners says: “The architecture is pure art without being showy or ostentatious. While it would be a

He adds: “His homes are bold, and it’s that intensity that

gorgeous home in any other location, it feels like a house

sets him apart. His massing and geometry is at once

that was perfectly designed to frame and elevate the view

complex yet clean; these elements create a sculptural line

of Camelback and all of the stunning desert features

that anchors his homes and boldly sets them against the

outside. You really feel the awe of nature in every part of the

sky. His designs often seem to pair this strong elevation

house. The proportions, angles, curves, and materials are

acting as a delightful foil against a hidden life within, such

extraordinary, and the interplay of each of those elements

as an inner court to allow the home to connect with comfort

creates a whole that far exceeds the sum of its parts. It is a

to the Arizona climate.”

symphony in the form of architecture.”

Above left: Bridge View Residence / Left: Desert Wash Residence / Above: Cholla Vista Residence, all in Paradise Valley


Above left & right: Cholla Vista Residence Left & above: Rammed Earth Modern 14


Candelaria believes that Kendle is “one of the best if not the

“I’m doing it now; I want to continue to create extraordinary

best modern residential architect in the Valley and likely one

places to live for individuals who see and celebrate the

of the best in the country. Brent has the ability to orchestrate

unique beauty of living in the Valley,” Kendle says. “Every

the shapes, forms, spaces and spirit of a modern design

client, every site and every budget are different, creating a

and strike the perfect balance between refined restraint and

unique puzzle to solve, a struggle sometimes, which I find

richness of materials and detail.

brings me great joy when that ‘Ah, ha!’ moment occurs.”

“One of my biggest criticisms of many of the modern

As he continues through middle age, a sense of legacy has

designs I currently see from other designers and architects

increased in importance. “I want to pass along my passion

is that many of them are just empty boxes lacking study,

and what I’ve learned to the next generation, so what we

contemplation, proportion and detail and then are cleverly

have created at Kendle Design Collaborative will continue

but falsely labeled ‘modern,’” he adds.

beyond my name being on the door.”

“But you only have to quickly look at Brent’s work and you

“I have enjoyed the life I’ve been given in large part

instantly recognize the effort, time, and contemplation that

because of the generosity of others and feel a responsibility

goes into his work. Brent puts in the work what for any style

to pay it forward,” he adds. “My goal is to help mentor my

is necessary to create great architecture –– especially so for

young staff to give them a leg up so that their careers in

modern architecture. His work also has a soul and that, too,

architecture can be even more fruitful and fulfilling than

is often missing from modern architecture.”

mine.”

What’s Next, Brent?

David M. Brown is a Valley-based freelancer (azwriter.com). This is the fourth in an ongoing series celebrating Arizona’s “Visual Wealth.”


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FOR SALE THE MYERS RESIDENCE – DESERT HIGHL A NDS Design by Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice and Taliesin Architects co-founder, John Rattenbury. This remains one of the most significant homes by this firm and is deeply connected to Wright and his principles of organic architecture. Constructed with precision and incorporating the highest available building skills, this home is nearly irreplaceable today. READ MORE

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SALE PENDING M A RVELOUS MODERNIZED MID -CENTURY – R A LPH H AVER A RCHITEC T Mid-Century Home originally built by Ralph Haver in Marlen Grove! This post-war modern home was completely updated inside and out. With signature Ralph Haver Architect details such as a low-sloped roof, vaulted and beamed ceilings, and clerestory windows to bring in natural light throughout. The attention to detail is a minimalist’s dream come true – you will want to call this home! READ MORE

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OFF MARKET - CALL FOR DETAILS THE H AWKINS RESIDENCE – B L AINE DR A KE A RCHITEC T Designed by Blaine Drake in 1964, this remarkable Camelback Mountain area home offers true Mid-Century Desert Modern Design. With a wonderfully generous floorplan and incredible Mountain and City light views, this classic home nestles in the Camelback Mountain foothills on a gently elevated acre lot. This home includes amenities often unseen in this architectural era. READ MORE

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FOR SALE OWN THE VA LLE Y! M AGNIFICENT R A NCH ACRE AGE An unbelievable opportunity, this pristine 150-acre site (+-) is located in the cool environs of Yarnell AZ. Escape to 5000ft elevations and sweeping vistas of natural landscape, all an easy drive away! This very special parcel is stunning in its beauty, geography and setting. With improved access yet unspoiled acreage, the vast potential of this parcel is nearly unlimited. READ MORE

Price: $ 749,000.

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FOR SALE GOLF COURSE VIE WS MCCOR MICK R A NCH A rare opportunity to land your charming Scottsdale home with Golf Course and Mountain Views! Fully updated with a contemporary vibe, this gated community home offers all you need with the amenities you deserve plus easy access to all things Scottsdale / Paradise Valley. The Kitchen alone is a chef’s dream but add that a Commercial Grade service kitchen off the custom Lanai and what you have is WOW! READ MORE

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FOR SALE NORTH CENTR A L MODERN - A LFRED NE WM A N B E A DLE A RCHITEC T Designed in 1958 by modernist architect Al Beadle, this amazing home is Arizona living at its best! Signature detailing includes unique steel work, floor to ceiling glass walls and windows, timeless materials and superb clarity of design. A comfortable resort style backyard offers a home for entertaining. This is a very special opportunity to continue the lineage of ownership for this exemplary home! READ MORE

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SALE PENDING ROM A N ROA DS – MID -CENTURY LIVING BY A L B E A DLE Enter this historic classic with all of the Al Beadle charm, all of the fun floating stairs, and all the natural square geometry! This 2 story townhouse has 18 foot high stacked windows with integrated frosted glass bookshelves to backlight art and treasures, lovely exposed block for texture and great modern touches that are both Mid Century at its best yet also future-focused. READ MORE

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FOR LEASE CHIC CENTR A L PHOENIX CONDOMINIUM – CH A RLES ROB ERT SCHIFFNER A RCHITEC T A RARE FIND: For the Design lover… an amazing Rental Opportunity in Central Phoenix! Designed by Architect Charles Robert Schiffner. This two-level, furnished townhome offers impeccable taste and unique architectural design in one of Central Phoenix’s most desirable neighborhoods. The two-level, fully-furnished townhome offers superb location, consistent taste, and unique architectural design. READ MORE

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Desert Rider AT PHOENIX ART MUSEUM

BY ALEX JARSON

Growing up in the 90’s, I spent a lot of time at my grandparents’ ranch in Paradise Valley. It was home to acres of land and an endless supply of things to do. Hollow bodies of ancient automobiles stood guard over the yard, their insides growing with desert brush and brittle weeds. Cowboy saddles and old leather boots hung from tree branches, balancing in the glaring sunset. These desert icons were symbols of power. Beyond the physicality of the objects themselves, was the idea that they were artifacts of a culture that no longer existed. They were representations of the intangible, symbolic meanings of the land, its people, and their traditions. The Ranch was my Americana. The Desert Rider Exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum is a celebration of Americana outsider subculture with the spirit of the Southwest. The artists invite us to take a deeper look at the evolution of lowrider, skateboarding, and other Southwest subcultures through the eyes of Latinx, indigenous, and queer people.


What’s immediately obvious is the careful attention the

parts to fit together, training her body at the same time to

artists paid to the details of the pieces. The paint job on

present the finished car as a bikini showroom model. The

the car that greets you is sleek and vibrant. The chrome is

symbiotic relationship between the medium and its creator,

polished, and the tires are well maintained. A giant lowrider

and the brave push to explore all sides of one’s identity is

piñata decorated in pink flair sits up on its back two wheels

what makes this exhibition so unique.

like a pouncing jaguar. A driver’s uniform hangs on the wall like the uniform of an ancient warrior, made up of thousands

Past the vehicles, there are saddles with holographic seats

of individual chromatic beads. Airbrushed portraits of the

and crocodile print, heart-shaped exhaust pipes pop with

iconic women of Low Rider Magazine remind us they are the

color out the back end, and the plush emerald green you’d

backbone of this movement.

find on the body of a jukebox. Craft and care are embraced by a cultural nostalgia. Every piece, a thousand stories we

Lowriders are about authenticity, self-expression, and the

all immediately see and feel.

power one feels behind the wheel of their favorite car. Where else can you find an old East-German Trabant

Fluidity is at the heart of Desert Rider.

stitched together with a lowrider El Camino? The artist of that particular piece, Liz Cohen, turned her garage into her

The desert sand weaves endlessly, ever changing, as

own Frankenstein’s laboratory, where she carved out car

mountains of mesquite stand tall and proud. Every evening,


a spectacular sky swirls into a glowing sunset, so immediate it always takes my breath away. It reminds me that the desert is a place of freedom, where anything is possible. And that’s the best part about this exhibition - you don’t feel like you’re in a museum. Fluidity is not just a state of mind, it’s a way of being. When it hits you, you’re just inspired. The Desert Rider is the captain of her own domain. Whether she glides across the pavement effortlessly on a skateboard, or she hits the switch to her hydraulics, every push forward is an act of liberation. For a brief moment, the picture slows down. We see her riding. The wind flows through her hair, the smell of exhaust in the air. It’s independence, liberty, and control. She flows through the culture around her. The Desert Rider reminds us that we don’t live in a vacuum. Sociopolitical realities shape the landscape, and our lives are defined by them. But if we keep our eyes open, we can blend the past into something new and exciting. Desert Rider is on display at the Phoenix Art Museum until September 18, 2022.

Featured works pictured on these pages are by the following artists: Justin Favela, Margarita Cabrera, Liz Cohen, Sam Fresquez and Douglas Miles.


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An iconic city landmark, The Phoenix is considered the first piece of public art commissioned by the City using a public process. Drawings by five artists were put on display at the Phoenix Public Library in 1960 and citizens voted for their favorite design, ultimately choosing Paul Coze’s design.


PAUL COZE

KACHINA OVERLOAD, 1971 BY WALT LOCKLEY


What did Paul Coze – do for a living? Paul Coze was an enigma. Best put, he didn’t just do. He lived in an iconic landscape somewhere outside the realm of reality where expectations were put aside in exchange for big ideas, despite the risks. Many creators follow a biographical arc that ebbs and flows like a sine wave, but Paul Coze’s arc was more like a fizzy haywire sparkler. It would be a bad idea to draw our own constellations onto his life. A tangent question begins to hang in the back of the mind: Did he ever sleep? Along with all his material production - books, movies, paintings, murals, artifact collections, and his tasks as a longtime French consulate - he burned off energy plunging into teaching and theater. The big ideas were important.

rebirth-from-ashes treatment after the war, Paul Coze was not covered in ash or flame, and all his curious

It’s better for us, maybe, to accept Paul Coze on a

credentials checked out as totally legitimate, impressive,

moment-to-moment basis. Without pinning him down to

and impossibly real. Every outlandish claim was true.

a butterfly-board. Paul had a purpose. He wanted to serve his city. In the late 1930’s, Paul Coze came to the United States from France. Throughout World War II he’d been teaching

In order to leverage the ideas, ideals, and energy of his

at the Pasadena Art Institute, while living with his second

students, he founded the Studio Paul Coze. By 1954, entire

wife, an actress, Thora. In that time, Paul made frequent

sections of the house were modified to accommodate his

visits to surrounding Native American reservations in

two art classes. A commissioned grand corner fireplace

the Valley of the Sun, inspiring him to leave Pasadena

sat near the kitchen, where theater was often performed.

for Phoenix as a permanent base in the early 1950s.

And through a pair of French doors sat his “Spanish

What he returned with was a curious set of credentials

Portal” in the back. This was a covered back porch,

that crossed the lines of cultural anthropology, visual art,

modified with a lengthy built-in bench that was suitable

cultural exchange, and spectacle.

for fifteen people. Art was integrated into the back wall.

Phoenix became his home. He nestled into the property

In Pasadena and all the way back to his days in Paris,

on 4040 East Elm, near a vibrant grapefruit grove beside

Paul Coze had a well-developed media instinct, landing

the Arizona canal. He called it “La Placita,” and he settled

an occasional mini-feature in the newspaper plus listings

in quite nicely.

for events and classes and lectures. If necessary, he wrote the articles himself, and you better believe he was

Unlike other characters who rolled into Phoenix for the 24

willing to put himself on television to allow his ideas to


spread like the desert dust they were made from. He

and hunger that humans have. A story is everything to

landed a half-hour local art show on KTVK in its first year

the bigger picture.

on the air, and he went to work. Scottsdale saw a similar problematic blank spot with its From 1956 through 1971, Paul Coze set out to remind

civic image in the 1950’s. At the time, it was surrounded

Phoenix of its history. But giving a city an identity was a

by cotton fields. Slowly, it took on a Western attire. As the

tough project to take on.

city took shape, it’s buildings were clad in wood, adobe, and brightly painted facades. Look no further than Old

In Los Angeles the search for a usable past landed

Town to see what I mean.

on Helen Hunt Jackon’s 1884 novel Ramona, which featured a cartoonishly virtuous, lightly ethnic indigenous

If Paul Coze had a single job, it was to orchestrate the

heroes. The archetypal image of Ramona was adopted

need for, and then materialize, a series of major public

and tirelessly promoted by Charles Fletcher Lummis, a

art commissions in the city of Phoenix – eight or nine

transplant and early cultural champion in L.A.

major ones positioned throughout the city, a strategy that made them unavoidable to the average citizen.

For all the midwesterners flocking into young Los Angeles, Ramona grew into a sustaining myth, an emotional

For a man in an explosively growing city, this was a rare

backstory to apply to the landscape, a regional-family

opportunity. He took on the City of Phoenix as a client.

history all the more potent because it was… false.

He saw a need. The job combined the things that fueled

By definition, these civic myths are romantic, vague,

Paul Coze – his love for native Americans, visual art on

illogical, inauthentic. The emotions behind them are

a grand scale, and the ability to create a cultural splash.

real. Paul recognized the innate emotional intelligence


At the Town & Country Shopping Center near Arcadia,

but the Indigenous art styles associated with Phoenix

his version of the Phoenix bird became a civic icon, and

went further and deeper than Jay Datus. They were the

was quite visible on Camelback. The volcanic-rock base

lifeblood of the Southwest itself, a flowing stream that

spat out flames for all to enjoy.

dated back hundreds of years.

He produced multiple murals at the Coliseum. However,

Paul Coze continued to paint human faces and figures in

the best-known mural is the three-panel Phoenix Airport

proud defiance of the east-coast Modernist tastemakers

mural, created in 1962, when Terminal 2 first opened.

after the war. His output retains an odd visual charge for

It was a bold and unavoidable work of art, mounted

that reason. The pursuit of figural art alongside the need

above the exit as a preview of the desert’s science-fiction

to teach it, was a hardcore dissident position.

landscape. Phoenix, along with Tulsa and Dallas, was a safe haven There were others like Paul Coze on similar paths to

for “late” American figural painters such as Coze and

creating Phoenix’s mythological culture. Jay Datus

Philip Campbell Curtis, as well as figural sculptors like

also ran his own school, producing high-quality public

John Waddell and Lawrence Tenney Stevens. Their

murals with Native thematic nods and overtones. How

local ringleader, political defender, and walking ATM

he viewed Coze and his civic art projects isn’t known,

was the head of Valley National Bank, Walter Bimson.

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Bimson operated at a mover-and-shaker level, invented

His public art career ended in 1971 with two final

the corporate art collection at Valley National Bank, and

commissions. The Arizona Blue Cross Blue Shield Building

dropped some serious money to support artists.

that used to stand at 321 Indian School Road featured a mosaic of six medicine men, chosen with care from

According to Kay, Paul Coze was not simpatico with

among different tribal representations. This remarkable

Walter Bimson, although they pulled in similar directions.

work of art faced the street at 37 feet tall. Back then, it

The reasons were unknown. But what Coze was able to

glowed. Tragically, in the present, it’s a QT.

accomplish is all the more impressive.


Coze also designed an exterior fountain and interior

Coze knowingly worked seriously and sincerely across

water feature for the federal Phoenix Indian Medical

cultural lines. The presentation of Native American mystic

Center, with corn as the chosen theme and symbol for the

images piped through his Franco-Serbian goggles was

inside piece. It was chosen for its common significance to

unique. To his credit, his work attempts to honor our

all served tribes. Coze was personally heartsick over the

predecessors in this landscape with humility.

treatment and fate of his work there. It lasted less than a year.

From among different tribal representations, facing the street at 37 feet tall. Gosh I’d like to have that building

Some time around 1971, Indigenous imagery visible

back where it was. We seem to have traded it for a QT

around the city slid into pop-culture. Mass marketing

in 1995, how? Coze also designed an exterior fountain

took over the landscape, causing saturation. It was an

and interior water feature for the federal Phoenix Indian

inflection point away from respectful treatment, the

Medical Center, with corn as the chosen theme for the

flattening and simplification of a rich and vibrant culture.

inside piece, for its common significance to all served

And soon, most of it disappeared.

tribes. Coze was personally heartsick over the treatment and fate of his work there. It lasted less than a year.

Phoenix’s cultural politics shifted. The identity Coze worked toward was carelessly shoved into a bin and set

Some time around 1971 native imagery visible around

aside.

the city slid into pop culture territory. It got to be – uh, too much.

But if you know your history, you’re surrounded by fragments of a completed civic vision. Some of the other

The twin giant phallic concrete kachina rockets were

puzzle pieces remain in the city if you know where to

already too much when we showed them at the Arizona

look. When you piece them together, there’s still some

Building for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. That was a

meaning to be had.

Bimson project, I think, and he hired architect Bennie Gonzales for the building, and another local figural

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sculptor Philips Sanderson for the twins. One of those

marketing. Check out the great masses of kachina-

kachina rockets still stands up in the far northeast valley

themed collectibles available online these days. They

as a piece of monumental silliness.

suggest a vast industry cranking out this stuff, once.

It was 1968 when the Bank of Arizona, headed by Walter

Native images visible in the city have gradually

Bimson’s son Lloyd Bimson, introduced a kachina in their

disappeared, been removed, painted over, cut down to

bank’s logo. The same year they commissioned a Hopi

smaller dimensions. The city’s cultural politics shifted.

sculptor living in New Oraibi, Frederick Myron, to carve the world’s largest known kachina for their new Mesa

The identity Coze worked toward, I would argue, has

branch, 50 inches tall and 38 pounds of cottonwood root,

been carelessly junked.

just to show you where their heads were at. You look at the airport mural, you’re looking at the The logo change meant a lot of corporate signage along

product of an art school with a charismatic teacher.

the street, on billboards and branch banks, on your

There’s a layer of cultural anthropology. If you have

checks and checkbooks, on giveaways and premiums and

your MOMA glasses on, you’re looking at nothing but

keychains. The former branch on Scottsdale Road has the

an unreconstructed retardataire artifact, perpetrated by

logo rendered in stained glass – convex stained glass.

a hooting madman, and worthy of the Kitsch Gold-Star

For the logo change the bank bought a big publicity push

kiss-off.

statewide in 1970. Expensive full page ads. Part of the copy said, “The De La Vai is the ‘Morning’ Kachina and

If you know your history, you’re looking at fragments of

the symbol of the Arizona Bank. For us as well as the

a complete civic vision. Some of the other puzzle pieces

Hopis it represents the coming of the dawn – our wish for

remain in the city if you know where to look. Piece them

a tomorrow better than today.”

together, there’s still some meaning to be had.

Kachina Overload meant reaching saturation, and an inflection point away from respectful treatment, the flattening and simplification that comes with mass


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SOLD PINN ACLE VIE W RESIDENCE - A LLEN+PHILP PA RTNERS This iconic Allen+Philp designed contemporary home, nestled alongside the western slope of Troon Mountain offers crisp architectural details subtly reflecting the geography of Pinnacle Peak Mountain, the local canyons, desert vistas, and surrounding wildlife. Sweeping views will stop you in your tracks as you gaze at the astounding beauty of the high desert. READ MORE

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SOLD MOUNTAIN VIE W E AST MODERN – JOHN R AT TENBURY A RCHITEC T This beautiful McCormick Ranch home was originally designed by John Rattenbury, and is one of the only handful of homes designed by the famed Taliesin Architect. The home has been updated but still has the Frank Lloyd Wright influences that can be seen throughout. From the soffits, to the skylights on both the interior and exterior, the contemporary architecture of this home is very unique and one-of-a-kind! READ MORE

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SOLD HIDDEN VA LLE Y DESERT HOUSE – WENDELL BURNE T TE FAIA Desert Modern Architecture: Located on a five-acre gently sloping rise in Cave Creek, the Hidden Valley Desert House is a “long pavilion for living” that commands the site. Designed by Wendell Burnette FAIA, this very special home offers superb materials, detailed construction and a unique plan to make it simply a masterwork of living design. READ MORE

Price: $2,495,000

SOLD LOF T-LIVING! MOUNTAIN SH A DOWS RESORT – A LLEN+PHILP PA RTNERS This 2-bedroom loft-home has been immaculately upgraded by the architect-owner with features and detail typically not found elsewhere! Mountain Shadows Resort offers an exclusive lifestyle: situated with Camelback Mountain as a breathtaking backdrop, the community has just 41 condo and loft homes that enjoy a serene Paradise Valley setting and full privileges at Mountain Shadows Resort. READ MORE

Price: $1,649,000.

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SOLD OWNER BUILT E A RTH-SHELTERED HOME Behind an unassuming horizontal profile is one of the most unique homes in the Valley! This earth-sheltered subterranean home was designed and built by the engineer owner to create a highly efficient desert home. READ MORE

Price: $2,536,000

SOLD PA L M C A NYON HILL SIDE MODERN — EDWA RD B. SAW YER FAIA This Modern Hillside home was designed by Edward B. (Ned) Sawyer FAIA and offers spectacular views coupled with superb architecture. Perfectly positioned near the top of Palm Canyon, the home commands the site with sweeping vistas of both surrounding mountain preserves and the city lights beyond. READ MORE

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SOLD NORTH CENTR A L MODERN: WENDELL BURNE T TE FAIA This elegant remodel of a Haver mid-century home within the Marlen Grove neighborhood was completed by Wendell Burnette Architects. Without sacrificing the history of the home, the design creates privacy and openness. Indoor/outdoor Arizona living at its’ finest. Calm interiors and exquisite detailing make this a minimalist’s dream. READ MORE

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SOLD MODERN A RC A DIA HOME – DESIGN RE MODEL This beautiful home is sure to WOW! The custom-built, Modern Styled house has gorgeous interiors and charming exteriors. Located in the desirable Arcadia Neighborhood, this property has a 3,569 SF. main house and a 525 SF. guest house. The guest house was updated in 2019 with new cabinets, new countertops, water softeners and more. READ MORE

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DESIGN SPOTLIGHT

The Bridge House / Allen + Philp Architects

Some time back we were on a mission to find an architectural

Inside and out, refinement is the order of the day. No

masterpiece for very special clients that wanted nothing less

expense was spared in creating a finely detailed luxury

than a refined and significant work of Desert Architecture.

home. The interiors, by renowned designer David Michael

We found it for them in The Bridge House, located in the

Miller, offer his keen signature aesthetic that creates a calm

exclusive gated community of Lost Canyon; a magnificent

refinement that never overwhelms but expresses warm

hidden setting on the slope of the McDowell Mountains in

textures and seamless hidden details. Much of the art in the

North Scottsdale.

home was curated by Lisa Sette Galley which only adds to the ambiance.

We feel that The Bridge House is an Arizona Modern Architecture tour de force. Allen + Philp Architects artfully

In addition to a sublime owners suite, there’s plenty of

placed this bold design on a stunning 13-acre Hillside site.

accommodation for others. There are gathering spaces

They incorporated dramatic massing and exquisite finishes

and entertaining opportunities including the separate guest

creating a compound of hidden elegance that belies its size

house. For the cook: a custom stainless steel Bulthaup

of over 7500 square feet.

kitchen is unequalled. Lastly furniture-grade custom millwork, concrete flooring, and cast bronze entry stairs

Distant views and soaring canyon vistas are flawlessly

offer unique details nearly irreplaceable today. The infinity-

captured from every room through floor-to-ceiling walls of

edge swimming pool and locally quarried stone walls add

glass. You appear to float in this home, but never without

to the subtle drama that must be seen to be experienced to

feeling securely anchored to the environment.

the fullest.

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THE WORLD OF ARIZONA WINE JUST GOT EVEN BETTER BY PAM HAIT

Southeastern Arizona, from a tourism perspective,

aviation consultant, and wine enthusiast, had searched

has been a stepchild to the dramatic topography and

the world to buy a vineyard. They found two: a 17-acre

destinations in the northern third of the state. But that’s

vineyard in Elfrida and a 20-acre site in Elgin. According

about to change this fall when Los Milics Vineyards (LMV)

to Garfinkle, the panoramic views of the Mustang

unveils its tasting room and restaurant, “The Biscuit”,

Mountains and Mt. Bruce (called “the Biscuit’ by locals),

creating a new destination for Elgin, Arizona.

and the Whetstone Mountains visible in the distance,

If you aren’t familiar with this region, Elgin is a speck on the map near Sonoita. LMV is less than an hour from Tucson and three hours from Phoenix. This is the heart of Southern Arizona wine country. Jesuit missionaries arrived here in the 1600s with vines when they came to the New World. The vines did very well. LMV winemaker, Pavle Milic, is a serious fan of Sonoita wines. He pioneered promoting Arizona wines by building a stellar Arizona wine list at FnB, the restaurant he co-owns in Scottsdale. “My favorite wines from Arizona always came from Sonoita,” he said. “I found these wines are more expressive.” In 2018, he formed a partnership with Mo Garfinkle to develop a winery in Arizona. Garfinkle, an 38


The tasting room appears as an abstraction in the landscape that is perceived as a large-scale art installation.

while LMV grows some familiar grapes like Tempranillo, Granache, and Syrah, others are less known, including Malvasia Bianca, Vranac, and Teroldego. Like its wines, the estate vineyard is already generating excitement. LMV engaged Chen + Suchart Studio, a well-known architectural firm in Scottsdale, to design the production facility, tasting room, and casitas. Thamarit (Tommy) Suchart began by walking the land, an experience that set his creative compass. “The setting in this unspoiled landscape was a constant reminder of the sold them. “The views gave us our vision for our estate

responsibility to create something that complements the

vineyard and winery,” he said.

landscape rather than takes away from it,” he said.

LMV’s red and white blends, and rosé wines are

The first building you see when you park at Los

attracting praise and awards, even at this early stage of

Milics is the production facility, a prefabricated steel

development. Milic describes the brand as positioned

structure with a rounded roof that appears to have landed

between the old and new world wines. “LMV has the

on the property from another world. The building had to

rustic qualities of Spanish and Italian wines, but also an

be flexible, functional, economical, and accommodate

accessible fruit character of wines from the U.S,” he said.

the wine making operations. Chen+Suchart also made it

He noted that LMV only cultivates vines that are proven to

stunning. In contrast, the contemporary tasting room was

thrive in this climate and terroir. The result is that,

designed to be discovered. Chen+Suchart surrounded


the sculptural space with vineyards and made it accessible

Los Milics Vineyards is an easy day trip from

by walking paths. They flanked the pathways with a series

Tucson and a convenient day excursion from the Valley.

of steel monoliths that conceal views of the building and

The winery is open Thursday through Sunday for wine

the mountains until the moment of arrival. Once inside,

tastings and tours. If you plan a winter visit, expect

the Mustangs and the Biscuit are revealed through large

cooler temperatures. Los Milics Vineyards sits at 5,000

picture windows and forty-foot-wide doors that open to the

feet elevation. Grapes love the extreme day-to-night

patio. The big reveal theme repeats with the hidden wine

temperature shift, and you will too, if you are dressed for it.

cellar.

For more information about LMV, Like the wine and the place, the food at LMV

excites the senses. “The Biscuit”, the signature restaurant at LMV, is located within the tasting room and opens in the fall of 2022. The restaurant will serve wine tasting fare, lite bites that pair well with LMV wine at lunch, and dinner. In the evening, the tasting room converts to a casual fine dining room and presents farm-to-table cuisine. Guests can dine inside and outside at individual tables and seating nooks. The private tasting room is available by reservation. Designated drivers, take heart. LMV will open nine casitas in the summer of 2023. Seven are onebedroom, and two are one-bedroom and a loft. Each has its own private patio with views of the high grassland and mountains, a perfect place to enjoy a bottle of Los Milics Vineyards wine after a day of wine tasting or touring or both. An insider tip: LMV Wine club members qualify for special discounts for overnight stays.

Pam Hait is the author of Day Trips from Phoenix, Tucson & Flagstaff. She has written for Travel and Leisure, Phoenix Home & Garden, Arizona Highways, and Metropolitan Home. She loves LMV wines.

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