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 fourth floor). For further information on this and other historic structures in the area, visit the Arizona Room during normal library hours.
622 E. Adams St. in Copper Square
Just across the pathway from Pizzeria Bianco in Heritage Square sits the Teeter House. It has been many things during its storied past, including a single-family residence, events space, live music hub and most recently an English-style tea parlor. Its evolution will continue this summer, as famed Valley chef Nobuo Fukuda opens Nobuo at the Teeter House in the reworked but carefully preserved space.
Built in 1899, the 1.5-story home is a classic Neo-Colonial Revival example, with common brickwork and a stone foundation. The recessed porch, a quality shared with several other buildings in Heritage Square, features Colonial columns, a clear sign of a well-built home from that era. The hip roof, another common trait of the era, includes a boxed cornice and wood shingles.
You may sometimes see the home coined the “Teeter-Bouvier House” in historical documents, referring to the home’s builder, Leon Bouvier. Bouvier purchased the home site in 1898, and built the home a year later to serve as a rental property. A Canadian cattleman and flour mill owner, Bouvier came to Arizona in 1877 to boost business in the expanding Southwest. Ironically, his legacy is left with the Teeter House, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Teeter House is easily accessible from the light rail station at 3rd St and Washington/Jefferson.
Source: City of Phoenix Historical/Architectural Survey of City-Owned Properties, Aug. 1986.
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Queen Creek, AZ
I know what you are thinking looking at my photo — dude, you’re fat. You can’t do yoga. Not only that, but I am as flexible as a board. Nevertheless, I took advantage of the Groupon recently that provided one month unlimited yoga and a 60-minute Swedish massage for $50 — so I am definitely going to get as much as I can from the place.
One thing I really like is that it is conveniently located next to the light rail. The Osborn stop is right there in front of the studio. My first visit I thought it was difficult to find — the studio is on the side of the One Lexington building, but I couldn’t see that from the street. There is a parking garage next to the studio, which makes parking convenient if you drive.
The studio is very clean and peaceful. I like the boutique, although they do not have many fat boy clothes. The locker rooms are very nice and clean. I love the sinks. A locker is available to store your items while in class. The rooms where the classes are held are nice and spacious. I started with the Slow Flow class and also went to the Zen class. Both instructors were excellent and even though I looked like Kung-Fu Panda, I didn’t feel uncomfortable. It was interesting to see that the students were all ages, both men and women. A very good mix and all have been friendly. The staff is friendly and helpful. If you do not have a yoga mat, you can rent one for $2.
If you live in Central Phoenix, this would be an ideal location. The problem for me is that I live way out in Queen Creek, so I doubt I’ll go on the weekends, but it isn’t too bad coming from work. Definitely give this place a try if you live in town. Don’t worry if you have never tried yoga — I have found the staff and instructors very helpful in working with newbies.
Urban Yoga is located at 3225 N. Central Ave. in Midtown (light rail station at Central/Osborn) — 602.277.YOGA
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Just like the undeniable growth in the Valley and influx of transplants, improv seems to have found a home and a wonderfully loyal following, especially in Downtown Phoenix.
The Herberger Theater hosted the 9th annual Phoenix Improv Festival this past weekend. Although the festival has had several venues over the years, many of its supporters agree that the Herberger is a perfect fit for the unscripted, never predictable art of improvisation. Spanning over three days, there were numerous improv groups performing from all over the country, special guest appearances and droves of devoted Phoenicians.
Friday night’s showing consisted of four improv troupes. The groups hailed from New York to Los Angeles, with some homegrown talent sprinkled in. With almost every seat filled, the electricity radiated through the Herberger, and while fan participation was not specifically requested, it was certainly present and welcomed by the performers.
”The improv here is on par with anywhere in the U.S.,” said Lisa Takata, who has faithfully followed the festival since the beginning.
It’s hard to believe that only nine years ago the Phoenix Improv Festival hosted its flagship performance with just three local improv troupes on the lineup. But, while the show has expanded beyond the local comedy groups, they are still very much a key participant in the festival.
Valley natives The Light Rail Pirates were one of the two featured groups Friday night. Christopher Williams, a performer in the comedy troupe and a resident of Downtown Phoenix, said he loves being able to perform at the Herberger.
“The growth down here has been amazing,” Williams said, referring not only to the growth of the festival, but also of Downtown as a whole.
Accompanying the Light Rail Pirates were Searching for X, based in Phoenix; Dumpster Tequila out of New York and Dr. God from Los Angeles.
Dr. God surprised and pleased the audience with a guest appearance from feature film actor Matthew Lillard, who stared in movies like Scream and Scooby Doo.
Mark Jordan, the emcee of the festival, host of HGTV’s Over Your Head, local improv performer and native Arizonian, is pleased to see the growth of art in Phoenix.
“It’s amazing how far Phoenix has really come in the art scene, as a whole,” Jordan said.
Although, no longer a full-time resident of Phoenix due to filming in Los Angeles, Jordan says he is in the Valley at least once a month, not only hosting, but also performing.
“I love Phoenix, I cant seem to get away from this place,” Jordan said.
The three-day festival was packed with performances, workshops and networking for improvisers and anyone who has an appreciation of improvisation. The annual event is produced by Carefree Write Productions, a nonprofit organization that supports networks for developing local artist.
To stay in the loop for next year’s festival, go to phoeniximprovfestival.com.
Modified Arts has taken to debuting new art shows on Third Fridays, and the atmosphere is nothing short of perfect. We all know Third Fridays are the chill counterpart to their bustling sibling two weeks prior, but Modified has become an unofficial hub of Third Friday activity during the past several months. Bright, open and inviting for conversation and contemplation, this rethought space is perfect for an artist’s reception.
Tonight is the debut of Chicago-based artist Corkey Sinks’ “Check the Children,” a collection that “explores modern incarnations of mythology, folklore, fairy tales, superstition, and urban legend in horror film and teen culture.”
What makes Sinks particularly interesting, besides the name, is the vast use of mixed media: sketches, installation, sculpture, GIF animation and video. The result is an atmospheric show that engages the senses. Needless to say, the art provides a bit of spook and scare, but the tactic is meant to be a catalyst for further thought and discussion.
The artist’s reception runs tonight from 6-9 p.m., and the show will run through mid-May (gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays and by appointment).
Modified Arts is located at 407 E. Roosevelt St. in Evans Churchill (light rail station at Central/Roosevelt) — 602.462.5516
The Arizona Diamondbacks are looking solid at the beginning of the season as they continue to perform well against their opponents. On the heels of the San Francisco Giants and tied with Colorado, Arizona continues to prove that they will be a force to be reckoned with in the 2010 baseball season. The team is currently in Southern California as they attempted to win their first series against the Los Angeles Dodgers since the summer of 2007. The D-backs will also face the San Diego Padres, who gave the team a run for its money while at Chase Field in the home-opening series.
Losing the Dodgers’ home opener, the Diamondbacks persevered to earn a 9-7 win on Wednesday night that went 11 innings and was five hours long, going into the early hours of the morning in Los Angeles. In the final game of the series, the two teams would exchange the lead twice, with the Dodgers coming out on top. Despite the loss, the D-backs are well on pace of winning three series before they did last season, when the team did not win their third series until May. The team made a valiant effort on Thursday as they lost the game in extra innings.
The D-backs will return to Phoenix to face some pretty challenging teams, as the St. Louis Cardinals are on the schedule for Monday. The Cardinals have been solid for the past few years, as Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday bring the lumber to Chase Field. Chris Carpenter is also a pretty challenging pitcher for the entire league to face, as the pitchers for the series have yet to be nailed down.
The D-backs will look to maintain their momentum as the relief staff has shown signs of inconsistency but is not quite as bad as last year. The team has also executed on some excellent defense, despite the two errors on Thursday night, and appears to be doing a pretty good job of providing more run support than the team of last year.
Most fans may already know that taking advantage of the METRO light rail is an excellent way to dodge the parking fees and get to the ballpark. If you are meeting up with a group, there are plenty of places nearby to grab some food or a pregame beverage. So, throw on your D-backs gear and get to the game anyway that you know how to support your team as they prepare to face off against some of the toughest teams in the National League East.