From the Arizona Room is a weekly column examining the historic, reuse and infill structures in Downtown Phoenix. The inspiration for this column stems from the ever-expanding resources in Burton Barr Central Library’s Arizona Room (located on the second floor). For further information on this and other historic structures in the area, visit the Arizona Room during normal library hours.
628 E. Adams St., Heritage Square
Way back in 1898, A.F.C. Kirchoff, a then prominent liquor dealer in Phoenix, purchased the plot of land on Adams Street on the west side of 7th Street from Flora Rosson. For the next few years, the land remained vacant as Kirchoff planned to build a residence, which broke ground in 1900 and was finished around 1901.
The resulting structure was a wide Neo-Colonial Revival home that Kirchoff rented out to make some extra cash. In 1906, Kirchoff sold the home to a Glendale rancher and warehouse owner, Alejandro Silva. For the next 20 years, Silva continued to lease the home to tenants as property values in the area soared. When Silva passed away in 1926, his widow moved in to the home, and it stayed in the Silva family until 1977, when the home was acquired by the city of Phoenix.
The Silva House has been many things — a rental home, a family heirloom, a museum and several restaurants — all without any structural compromise. The brick home, with a stone/concrete foundation, has great bones, and a notable wood-shingled roof with corbelled chimneys and pristine paneling on its north entry. The boxed cornice eave atop the front porch entrance of the home serves as a beacon for patrons of the home’s current incarnation, the Rose & Crown Pub, which opened its doors in 2008. The entry, with its recessed veranda and classical columns, is the nighttime hangout spot at the pub, gathering large crowds that mingle and sip more than 50 different types of beer available at the bar just inside the front door.
Sources: Arizona State Historic Property Inventory.
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In our lovely, sun-soaked slice of heaven, we are blessed with some long-term mainstays in the restaurant world. This sort of throwback was exactly what pointed me toward Central Avenue and the legendary tastes of The Downtown Deli.
I had heard they sliced up some mean sandwiches. Upon walking through the doors, I knew that this place was legit. Everything, from the smells beckoning me toward the back counter to the newspaper-adorned wall, spoke to me of a deli that teemed with history. They proudly boast that they have served Phoenix since 1961, and they have the news clippings and such to prove it.
So, wide-eyed and drooling, I approached the counter and looked over the list of specialties. It all sounded amazing. From stacks of corned beef covered in sauerkraut to pastrami and turkey, Downtown Deli serves a bevy of choices, so it is hard to decide. Finally, my eyes fixed on the daily special, the Ultimate Grilled Cheese Panini. Loaded with cheese, crisp bacon and juicy tomato, this sandwich sounded like a treat-and-a-half.
Once it arrived, my hunger was at a fever pitch, so I dove in. The cheese: melty and delicious. The fresh-cooked bacon slices and succulent tomatoes in there: an absolute joy. This sandwich was just what my tummy doctor ordered.
I must admit that I debated over ordering a crazy meat-stacked panini, but my stomach and vanquished hunger are both confident of my decision. I will just have to come by more often to visit some of our fair city’s heritage and make short work of the rest of the stellar-looking menu.
The Downtown Deli is located at 130 N. Central Ave (light rail at Central/Washington and 1st Ave/Jefferson stations) — 602.258.3069.
If you have the rare opportunity to track down ever-busy Phoenix Design Week co-founders Mark Dudlik and Dave Bjorn, the duo that is Dojo Collective, and ask them why they’re working nearly around the clock to make the second annual event a success, it becomes apparent that these guys ooze the creative scene of Phoenix.
Frustrated with the lack of design respect our desert locale gets on a national scale — Dudlik names off a half-dozen highly praised metros like New York, Minneapolis and Austin before quickly stating Phoenix could be part of this top tier — you’d think these two (both of whom have day jobs, by the way) had no choice but to create the event, which runs from September 29 to October 3.
Trying to whittle Phoenix Design Week into a succinct description is taxing, if not simply because of its scope, then because of its expanding reputation. The theme this year is “FORWARD,” hinting at progress, dignity and innovation. Simply put, Phoenix Design Week aims to celebrate the local design community and the city of Phoenix — it is a full-blown national conference, after all. More than 30 local and national speakers are scheduled throughout the weekend, plus a very notable two-day Adobe training program (traditionally a value of $800) is offered. This year’s conference, held at the Phoenix Convention Center, proudly features seven national speakers, as well as a whole host of locals spreading their creative knowledge.
But what if you’re not a designer? Some of us can’t draw a straight line to save our lives, but we can still appreciate some killer exhibits — 10 in all, spread across three Valley locations. It’s inspiring to all.
The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Phoenix Convention Center. A party open to everyone who registers for the conference will be held at Gallo Blanco Café and Bar on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Hillman Curtis, Saturday, 10:45 a.m.
Mike Joosse, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
Brian Singer, Saturday, 3 p.m.
James Victor and Paul Sahre, Saturday, 4:30 p.m.
Andres Krogh, Sunday, 3 p.m.
Von Glitschka, Sunday, 4:30 p.m.
Held Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at CO+HOOTS, Air Marketing and Sitewire. Exhibit receptions are at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Sitewire, 7 p.m. on Thursday at Air and 6 p.m. on First Friday at CO+HOOTS.
If You Go: Phoenix Design Week
Conference dates are Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3
Registration is $125 online for the full conference
Follow on Twitter with hashtag #phxdw
Phoenix Convention Center is located at 100 N. 3rd St. in Downtown Phoenix (light rail at 3rd Street & Washington/Jefferson stations).
I must admit that I love pizza. Maybe that makes me retract my self-imposed foodie status. I’m not sure of the rules. I am sure that when I heard that Brick Urban Kitchen and its brick-oven fresh pizzas had moved into the Arizona Center, I was a little more than giddy.
Hitting the highlight of my week, I strolled out of my weekly daytime movie and I was feeling the hunger pangs. A sweet, hot desert breeze wafted the smells of scrumptious pizza toward me and my direction was quickly changed.
I was so excited to order and dive in that I barely noticed the posh interior. This place is dolled up to say the least. Brick also plays it pretty smart by having a surprisingly extensive menu that is riddled with everything from fresh-cut pastas to salmon filets. Also, there is a crazy fancy cheese list, of which I can’t pronounce a single item. So, it must be good.
I quickly rifled through the menu and landed on a deliciously unique pizza: the short rib pizza. Topped with slow-roasted short ribs, banana peppers and sweet potatoes, it certainly seemed like a different mouthwatering combo. I must admit that it was my heritage that pointed me to this dish. See, back home we are not allowed to pass up sweet potatoes. It’s kind of a rule.
Since I wandered in at the tail end of the lunch rush, my pizza came out pretty quickly. I made short work of this thing. Each bite was kind of exotic and flavorful. It had a downhome kick, given that the back half of each slice had a sweet potato sauce to make your tongue do flips. The banana peppers added a nice, spicy contrast to round out the dish.
I have to admit it more than hit the spot. I nearly asked if they had a delivery service, so that my now overstuffed bum could actually get home.
Should you be taking in a movie or thinking about hitting up Cold Stone Creamery, make sure to save room and time to run by Brick Urban Kitchen. It is a welcomed feasting zone in the Arizona Center. I’m excited that I now have a regular spot to scarf some serious pizza after the movies.
Brick Urban Kitchen is located at 455 N. 3rd St. in Downtown Phoenix (light rail at Central Station).
“WE ARE PARAMORE!” Hayley Williams yelled at last night’s Honda Civic Tour stop at the Dodge Theatre. Like any of the audience needed a reminder.
The Honda Civic Tour, featuring Paramore, Tegan and Sara, New Found Glory and Kadawatha is soon coming to an end after a summer of crisscrossing the nation, but the mood was hardly tiresome in the nearly packed house.
Filling up the lobby of the Dodge were hundreds of people getting ‘Paramore’ stenciled on parts of their bodies or buying merch that came with a special red Paramore bag or a free download of Sainthood, Tegan and Sara’s most recent album.
Inside the venue was a nearly sold-out crowd anxiously waiting for the night’s biggest stars. Girls and women, tweens to middle age, filled the seats along with parents and boyfriends dragged to the show, children and some hip old people.
There was a screen covering the stage wall showing the “Honda Civic Tour: Paramore TV” with videos of the band along with music videos by Death Cab for Cutie, Led Zeppelin and TI. In an interactive twist, the crowd could text whatever they wanted onto the screen for everyone to read what was on their mind about the show.
At around 8 p.m., Tegan and Sara stepped on the stage to Animal Collective’s “My Girls.” With guitars armed and ready to play, Tegan and Sara played a 14-song set list, including “Walking with a Ghost,” “Back in Your Head,” and “Nineteen.”
Before playing “On Directing,” Tegan exclaimed that someday the song will be on the show So You Think You Can Dance.
“There’s something you for sure won’t be seeing on there: These two fools,” Tegan said as she pointed to her sister and herself.
The 10-year road veterans put on a show Phoenix has been waiting for too long. They were dancing what they call “the Canadian shuffle,” which consists of moving side to side (looking a little awkward), and having fun on stage, as well as joking with the crowd.
Tegan announced that the two sisters will be turning 30 in three days, but Sara looks as if she’s 12. Sara replied saying it’s all because of her Justin Bieber haircut.
“We going to get so rich with Justin Bieber in this band,” Tegan said. The two definitely showed that age is just a number.
Once the lights came up after Tegan and Sara, everyone was on edge, anticipating when Paramore would appear on stage. Twenty-five painful minutes later, a drape fell on the stage and screams began. If you were there, you would have felt that you were about to witness a Justin Bieber concert.
The band was slowly revealed and the crowd went even crazier when they jumped right into “Ignorance.” Williams was a ball of fire with her fire engine red hair, orange microphone and yellow shirt. She ran all over the stage, dancing, head banging and getting everyone in their seats to stand up.
Paramore was fun, energetic and explosive, and songs were sung by the crowd nearly louder than Williams. During the fourth song, Williams stopped singing and went to the edge of the stage, moving her finger side-to-side, anger in her face. Once the band was done playing, she explained to the crowd that there were people fighting in the pit.
“You’re at a Paramore show, not a Terror show,” Williams announced. “You look stupid fighting here.”
She proceeded to tell security to kick them out. Once the trash was taken out, the show went on.
They played a 16-song set list, including a cover of Loretta Lynn’s “You Ain’t Woman Enough to Take my Man” and an acoustic set with “Where the Lines Overlap” and “Misguided Ghosts.”
They exited the stage with the slow hit, “The Only Exception” and left the crowd begging for more. After a couple minutes, the band came back to play two last songs.
During their last song, “Misery Business,” Williams invited three kids on stage from the pit to sing and dance with her. She showed it doesn’t matter how big you are, you can still make someone’s night with a small gestures.