Luhrs Building

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Luhrs Building

The Luhrs Building is an historic ten-story building located at 11 West Jefferson in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona. It was listed on the Phoenix Historic Property Register in 1990.[1] It was built by local businessman George H. N. Luhrs, an original Phoenix City Council member from 1881–85, at a cost of $553,000 USD, and opened on May 17, 1924. At the time, it was the tallest building in Phoenix and was said to be the largest building between El Paso and Los Angeles.[2]

In 2009, the building was renovated with the help of a $500,000 historic preservation grant.[3]

Architecture[edit]

The L-shaped Luhrs Building was designed in the Beaux-Arts style by the El Paso architectural firm of Trost & Trost. The building is faced with brown brick, with elaborate marble ornamentation on the uppermost two floors, and a heavy cornice at the top.

The building's ground floor was leased by the US Treasury Dept. from 1924-1935. The 7th-10th floors were the original location of the Arizona Club, including dining rooms, lounges, a library, and bedrooms for club members.[2] When the Arizona Club moved out of the Luhrs Building in 1971, the upper floors were also converted to office floor space. The 6th floor was originally occupied by Standard Oil.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Phoenix Historic Property Register" (PDF). City of Phoenix. March 2018. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Luhrs Building Monument to Pioneer of Valley". Arizona Republican. May 17, 1924. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  3. ^ Pela, Robrt L. (July 1, 2010). "The Luhrs Building, Featured in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, Has Been Spared -- For Now". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
Preceded by
Arizona State Capitol
Tallest Building in Phoenix
1924—1927
42m
Succeeded by
Westward Ho

Coordinates: 33°26′49″N 112°04′27″W / 33.4469°N 112.0741°W / 33.4469; -112.0741