Phoenix Indian School, Memorial Hall, Northeast Corner of Central Avenue & Indian School, Phoenix, Maricopa County, AZ
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Northeast Corner of Central Avenue & Indian School, Phoenix, AZ
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS AZ-145-C
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N268).
Building/structure dates: 1922 initial construction
Significance: Memorial Hall was the second major building on the site to employ Mission Revival style, and like the first example, the Dining Hall, it was carried out in red brick. It was also sited, parallel and to the east of the Dining Hall, to face south on the axis of a main entrance to the site (Rhoads Circle), as the Dining Hall faced south down Scattergood, the two buildings forming a matching pair at the center of the site. In fact, together with the War Memorial in front of it, Memorial Hall became in 1922 the new centerpiece of the School. An additional and quite unusual feature of the Memorial Hall was the large number -- literally, thousands -- of names and dates carved or scratched into the bricks of the exterior walls, recording the presence at the School of generations of students. Although most of the inscriptions (graffiti) were typically abbreviated, enough information could probably be gleaned to form an impression in miniature of the social history of the School over seven decades.
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
1. OVERALL VIEW FROM SOUTHEAST
2. SOUTH FACADE FROM SOUTH
3. OVERALL VIEW FROM SOUTHWEST
4. NORTH FACADE FROM NORTH
5. EAST FACADE FROM NORTHEAST
6. NORTH FACADE, DETAIL OF SQUEEZE MOLDS
7. EAST FACADE, DETAIL OF GRAFITTI AT SOUTH END
8. SOUTHEAST TOWER, DETAIL FROM NORTHWEST
9. SOUTHWEST TOWER, DETAIL FROM NORTH
10. INTERIOR, LOOKING NORTHWEST
11. INTERIOR, SOUTHEAST STAIRWELL FROM WEST
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