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March 16, 2012 by Connor Descheemaker

Welcome to the all-new Vanishing Phoenix.

Two years ago, this blog was founded by some of Phoenix’s most engaged advocates, aiming to shed light on the largely-disregarded history of this young city. Through dozens of posts, the authors documented Tovrea Castle, No Festival Required, the Arizona Preservation Foundation and many other buildings, groups and events dedicated to the same cause.

Similarly, at the Downtown Devil, my colleague (and current Managing Editor) Jack Fitzpatrick took a keen interest in Phoenix’s history upon his arrival in the city. Each week, he documented a different historic building, detailing its past, present and future, taking care to show its vitality and importance within the context of the city.

Consider this the culmination of all that came prior.

A few weeks ago, the authors of Vanishing Phoenix came to the Downtown Devil with a proposition to take over the dormant blog, and give it new life on our blooming array of sub-sites. As a long-time reader myself, I jumped at the opportunity to contribute to the ever-growing dialogue of preservation and understanding in Phoenix.

This blog will be a hub of information for all things Phoenix history, with an emphasis on Downtown and Midtown. Through weekly posts, Vanishing Phoenix will feature various historic buildings and their current uses, interviews with preservationists and architects, previews and reviews of building tours and other events and much, much more.

The site will evolve over the next few weeks as we add archived content from both the previous incarnation of Vanishing Phoenix and PHX History to provide a veritable compendium of information on Phoenix’s historical background.

Phoenix is rising yet again, but this time with its history intact. I hope you’ll join me.


  1. Hi,

    You’ll have to remind me of how No Festival Required was in your blog.:-)MALLS R US?

  2. Deborah Ware says:

    Have not been in Phoenix that long. I appreciated the older properties in passing while I am driving. These newer developments seem to have little or no shade. Hopefully not all ranchers, farmers & old-timers will sell their property to newer development companies. Another thing: There is not enough shade built into newer business building with overhangs to keep people cooler. Nor public overhangs for peoples cars!

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