Works Progress Administration Building still a work in progress

WPA Building photo by Philip Reina. Courtesy of Arizona Preservation Foundation.

By Devan Sauer | DPJ

Historic preservation is a rising issue in Phoenix as increasing land prices put pressure on property owners to sell their historic buildings. As infill projects bring new developments such as high-rise apartments to the downtown area, must pieces of Phoenix’s history be given up in return?

Many say otherwise. In one recent effort which is still in progress, Jim McPherson, the president of the board of directors for the Arizona Preservation Foundation, led a group of preservationists who raised funds to save and rehabilitate the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Building located at the south end of the Arizona State Fairgrounds, at 1826 West McDowell Road.

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