The Arizona Preservation Foundation is Arizona’s statewide non-profit historic preservation organization. Founded in 1979, the Foundation is dedicated to preserving Arizona’s historic, archaeological, architectural, and cultural resources. We appreciate your interest in historic preservation in our state. Explore our website, keep up with the latest news by following us on Facebook, Google+, or Twitter, and contact us with your questions, comments, or ideas.

Historic Preservation Referral Guide now available

oclubrehab1_620x390As a public service, the Arizona Preservation Foundation has compiled a list of individuals and companies that specialize in vintage/historic buildings based on previous historic preservation work and experience. Click here to review and download our Arizona Historic Preservation Referral Guide.

Planning begins for 2014 Preservation Conference!

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Click on the link above for updated information about the 2014 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference and Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Awards.


mountain-view-clubMountain View Black Officers’ Club was built in 1942 and remains one of the most significant examples of a World War II-era military service club in the U.S. built specifically for African-American officers. The military, in response to “separate but equal” laws of the early 20th century, began a large-scale effort at Fort Huachuca army base to build barracks, hospitals, maintenance structures, offices, warehouses and recreational facilities, all of which were segregated and in many cases built in duplicate. During its operation the Mountain View Black Officers’ club hosted top performers and dignitaries such as Lena Horne, Dinah Shore, and Joe Louis. Today, the Mountain View Black Officer’s Club faces demolition by the U.S. Army, which has threatened to place it on an active disposal list.

Among the groups working to save this Arizona landmark are the Southwest Association of Buffalo Soldiers, Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, Arizona Preservation Foundation, Arizona Historic Sites Review Committee, and National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Mountain View Black Officers’ Club was added to the Arizona Preservation Foundation’s Most Endangered Historic Places List in 2006 and is the first Arizona property to be included on the national list.


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.

learn more about the 2012 Arizona most endangered historic places

Arizona Stories Milestones

Discover the fascinating stories behind historical markers on highways throughout the Grand Canyon State. Click on a marker on the map below to view a short video about the location. For more information, visit Eight/KAET.

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