Sun Mercantile Building

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Sun Mercantile Building
Sun Mercantile Building - South East Corner - 2011-03-03.JPG
The Sun Mercantile Building in Downtown Phoenix.
Sun Mercantile Building is located in Arizona
Sun Mercantile Building
Sun Mercantile Building is located in the US
Sun Mercantile Building
Location 232 South 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ
Coordinates 33°26′43″N 112°4′13″W / 33.44528°N 112.07028°W / 33.44528; -112.07028Coordinates: 33°26′43″N 112°4′13″W / 33.44528°N 112.07028°W / 33.44528; -112.07028
Built 1929
Architect E.W. Bacon, Wells & Sons
Architectural style Chicago, Other
MPS Phoenix Commercial MRA
NRHP Reference # 85002075 [1]
Added to NRHP September 4, 1985

The Sun Mercantile Building (or "Sun Merc") is a warehouse building in Phoenix, Arizona designed by E.W. Bacon and constructed by Wells & Son in 1929.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985 and has been a locally protected historic landmark since 1987.


Sun Merc is the last remaining building from Phoenix's "second Chinatown" period (c.1890-c.1960). It is located directly next to the US Airways Center and is used by the Phoenix Suns.

Preservation threat[edit]

In the mid-2000s, plans were proposed to build a new $200 million luxury high-rise hotel and condominium tower, part of which would be atop of the Sun Mercantile Building tearing off the roof and preserving only the base.[2] Historic preservationists and the city's Asian-American community voiced their disapproval of the plans however the city council did not agree and the project was given the go ahead.[3] A lawsuit was then filed in court and in the fall of 2007 a judge ruled that "the Phoenix City Council had improper talks with Sarver (the developer) before it decided the fate of the warehouse on the hotel site." and the project was effectively dead.[4]