Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Here is a downtown building that I don't think I've featured on this site before. It's the old Westward Ho Hotel building on Central Avenue. This 16-story building was opened as a hotel in 1928 and continued to operate until 1980. From 1928 to 1960 it was considered the tallest building in Arizona before the much taller buildings in our downtown started to appear.
In 1949, the 240 foot tower was installed on top of the hotel to accommodate the first TV station in Phoenix. The transmitting towers for that station along with all the other stations that have since developed all moved to the top of South Mountain in 1960.
The building was put on the National Register of Historic places in 1982 and now serves as subsidized housing for the elderly and that tower on top is now a cell phone tower.
In this photo you can see the Westward Ho building reflected in the side of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism building which is part of the Arizona State University's downtown campus.