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unnamed-2There has been tremendous interest in preserving the five historic buildings at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix since the near demolition of the 1938 Works Progress Administration (Admin) Building. Funds have been obtained for documenting that building. Now the Grandstand needs your help.

The Arizona Preservation Foundation is partnering with the Arizona State University Public History Department and several historic neighborhoods adjacent to the Arizona State Fairgrounds to raise matching funds for an important grant to record and document the condition of the historic Grandstand. For complete details about the project, click here. To contribute to the cause right now, click hereclick on the Donate button, and earmark your donation to “Save Arizona State Fair.” Or simply mail your earmarked contribution to Arizona Preservation Foundation, P.O. Box 13492, Phoenix, AZ 85002. Thank you!


framedworkThrough a series of small paintings, artist Patricia Sahertian takes us on a revealing journey into Arizona’s past inspired by little truths she discovered along the way. Doing extensive research to capture the authentic nature of her subjects, she presents the significance of eight of Arizona’s most historic landmarks with dramatic impact.

To allow these structures to reveal their stories, Sahertian pairs a representative portrait along with every site, introducing the viewer to the essence of each location. These miniature diptychs are based on photographs, painted with acrylic medium, and measure 2.5 x 4 inches each. View them online.

Phoenix high school student creates deck of playing cards featuring local historic landmarks

12128932-explore-phoenix-historic-landmarks-playing-cards-sample-cards-and-boxAlexandra Dee Melikian, a junior at Phoenix Country Day School, has created a deck of playing cards featuring historic landmarks in her hometown and Arizona’s capital city, Phoenix. Each playing card and the two Joker cards feature an original color photograph of one of 54 historic landmarks in the city of Phoenix. The cards also feature the building’s name, address, and date of construction.

The playing cards are available online at Amazon.com, Phoenix Art Museum, Hotel San Carlos, and more sales outlets to be announced. The retail price is $10 with five percent of the proceeds donated to the Arizona Preservation Foundation. To read the full press release, click here. To visit the “Explore Phoenix Historic Landmarks Playing Cards” website, click here.