Welcome to PHX!

Hi, I'm Gracie O. You may remember me from such blogs as Woolgathering & Miscellany and Tiger Butter. Allow me to take you on a magical tour of my hometown, the desert destination that is Phoenix.

Upon landing in Terminal 2 of Sky Harbor, you'll be welcomed by artist Paul Coze's best-known work. He created this amazing three panel mixed media mural in 1962 out of what is speculated to be 52 forms of different media, including dirt from Native reservations. Then, once we snap up your bags from baggage claim, we'll make a stop at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, where you can check-in and grab a margarita.


The original Valley Ho opened in December 1956 and was designed by the office of Edward Varney, it was recently renovated a few years ago. Hungry? Let us go to the Souper Salad in Phoenix for lunch!

The Western Savings MetroCenter (more recently, a Souper Salad) was constructed by architect Wenceslas Sarmiento in 1974. Now, that we've refueled, it's time to get our shop on! Oh, need to make a stop at the bank first?

The Phoenix Financial Center, also built by Sarmiento, was designed to look like an old computer punch card. The building was also featured in the 1993 film Suture. The lucky SOB lived in one of the round buildings!! Alright! We're ready to head to the Christown Mall!

Built in 1960, Christown Mall was the first indoor air conditioned shopping center in Arizona. Check out all those bubble lamps & bird cages! Too much shopping? Feel a sin coming on?

Cleanse your soul to avoid a scorching miserable eternity at the Glass & Garden Drive-In Church in Scottsdale designed by E. Logan Campbell. Jesus Christ! You tripped while taking communion in your new 5" platforms!! No worries... we'll just have to make a pit stop. I hope you brought your insurance card with you!

Good thing the Good Samaritan hospital in Phoenix isn't too far away. This gorgeous amorphous buidling was designed by Bertrand Goldberg, most known for the Marina Towers Apartments on the Chicago River, the concrete corn cob buildings. 

Phew! It's been a long day. Time to have a night cap and tuck in. Hope you enjoyed your brief tour of Phoenix. If you're ever back again, please take a peek at the other mid-century marvels our lovely little city has to offer. Your dutiful hostess & tour guide, Gracie