By Diandra Markgraf | Arizona Daily Sun
n April Fools Day, 1997, artist Tina Mion and Allan Affeldt coasted into Winslow, Arizona, in a van packed with an old basset hound, rabbits and a single chair — no joke. Graduates of University of California-Irvine, Affeldt planned to advise a local non-profit on how to save the town’s most iconic building. The couple quickly realized that to save famed architect Mary Colter’s Route 66 masterpiece, La Posada Hotel, they’d need to buy it themselves.
Soon, Winslow’s fortunes found an uptick along with residents’ desire to reclaim their artistic, affordable hub on the Mother Road.