This is a bank building located at the corner of 44th Street and Camelback Road. It was built in 1967 for a branch of the Valley National Bank, a predecessor to Chase Bank who now occupies the building. Walter Bimson, then president of Valley National Bank, selected this design by Frank Henry of the Weaver & Drover firm from among five competing submittals. Bimson wanted to create a “modern building of timeless beauty as his gift to the city.” The building has definitely stood the test of time. It won the AIA Arizona Twenty-Five-Year Award, proving to be one of Arizona’s most distinguished and beloved midcentury buildings.
I work across the street from this wonderful building so I get to see it almost every day. Tomorrow I’ll show you more pictures from this property
The information for this building comes from a book entitled Midcentury Marvels, Commercial Architecture of Phoenix 1945 – 1975. The book was published in 2010 by the City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Office and Ryden Architects, Inc. It’s a gorgeous book that I purchased immediately after it was published. It contains wonderful photos and lots of information about some of the most distinguished buildings in the city.