Professional Building Rehabilitation (Phoenix) Received James W. Garrison Heritage Award at the 2016 Governor's Awards in Historic Preservation

June 23, 2016

PHOENIX - The 2016 Arizona Governor's Heritage Preservation Honor Awards Ceremony on June 10, 2016, as part of the 14th Annual Historic Preservation Conference, recognized projects, people, and organizations in the field of historic preservation. Nearly 300 attended the awards luncheon held at the Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport Hotel and hosted by the Arizona Preservation Foundation and the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), which is part of the Arizona State Parks department.

At the 2016 award ceremony, the "Grand Award" was renamed the "James W. Garrison Heritage Award" in honor of the former State Historic Preservation Officer who retired in May. This year's award was given to the Professional Building at 15 East Monroe, which has been rehabilitated into the Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Downtown. Governor Doug Ducey chose the Heritage Award winner prior to the announcement at the awards ceremony.


Professional Building Rehabilitation, Phoenix

The Professional Building, located in the heart of Downtown Phoenix, has been a long-standing and notable example of Art Deco architecture. Constructed by Los Angeles firm Morgan, Walls, and Clements in 1931, the building remains a 13-story icon of Phoenix history that was given new life in 2014 by CSM Lodging. The Minneapolis-based company proudly transformed the long-shuttered building into the newly opened Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Downtown.

Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1931, careful care and rehabilitation work took place to preserve the now Federally protected building, which included a detailed restoration/replication of the grand Banking Hall, which acts as the property's main focal point, retaining the building's two-story Grand Lobby and massive original Art Deco columns. Additional elements include restoration of the elevator lobby, creation of a new elevator shaft, and collaboration with ESG Architects to design functional and comfortable hotel rooms from former business offices located on the upper floors. Using both the New Market Tax Credits from the Phoenix Community Development Investment Corporation along with Federal Historic Tax Credits, the project reached successful completion in December 2015.


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