Art Deco Architectures in Phoenix - 2 :
Title and Trust Building
(Phoenix, Arizona, USA)
The second is the Title and Trust Building designed by Lescher and Mahoney in 1931. They also designed the Orpheum Theater near this building. The Title and Trust Building has a U-shaped plan and is built with the mixed structure of concrete and brick. The exterior wall is covered with Art Deco-like brown terra cotta tile and emphasized the verticality by unevenness. The top part is cut off in a zig zag shape that characterizes Art Deco.
The lower part is finished with similar color stucco and red granite and the atmosphere is different from the upper part. As for the entrance and the belt part which turns around the middle level, the vegetable reliefs allow to imagine the indigenous people of Maya beyond American Indians rather than Art Deco. Since there is also the theory that Art Deco itself in Paris as the origin came under the influence of Azteca and Maya civilization, this pattern seems to have gone around and returned to a place close to the starting point.
Although it was impossible to clarify the correct origin, the contrast between the organic ornament in the lower part and the straight design of the upper part doesn't make feel the sense of incompatibility in Arizona.
Within the walking distance of downtown Phoenix.
Arizona Biltmore Hotel
Hotel San Carlos
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch
Royal Palms Resort and Spa
The Canyon Suites at The Phoenicia
"The Geo. H.N. Luhrs Family in Phoenix and Arizona 1847-1984" (George H.N. Luhrs. Jr., Jean Stroud Crane, 1988)
"Pueblo Deco" (Calra Breeze, Rizzoli International Publications, 1990)
National Resister of Historic Places
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