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Meet the Beadles

Modernism Magazine
Fall 2007

When people think of modern architecture in the desert, they often picture Palm Springs. But Phoenix, Arizona, has its own legacy of desert Modernism -- thanks in large part to the contributions of Alfred Newman Beadle. From 1951 to 1998, Al Beadle designed and built a wide range of projects in and around Phoenix. In addition to dozens of residences, he designed and built banks, hotels, restaurants and a number of apartment buildings, from a modest three-unit complex featured in the Case Study House program, to a 22-story tower, the largest residential building in Phoenix at the time. Many of his projects were published nationally and internationally, and he was honored with countless awards. It was an enviable career for any architect -- especially one who, for a good part of his career, was not licensed to practice architecture.




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