Painted Desert Community Complex Named National Historic Landmark

January 12, 2017 by Chris Morris

HOPE Crew at Painted Desert

photo by: Minesh Bacrania

What a great start to 2017 for the Painted Desert Community Complex! After unanimous approval of the Landmarks Committee in October, we received official notice from the Department of the Interior that Secretary Sally Jewell has approved the Painted Desert Community Complex as a National Historic Landmark!

We are celebrating this news with our many partners who have advocated for greater recognition of the Neutra-designed complex in the Petrified Forest National Park and supported its restoration. This achievement is due in large part to the hard work and dedication of Superintendent Brad Traver and the staff at the Petrified Forest, the Arizona Preservation Foundation, the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, and Modern Phoenix.

While this is a fantastic milestone, there is still much work to do at the Painted Desert Community Complex. Help support our work and stay tuned for more coverage of our progress on the restoration of the Oasis Building storefront in February and March!

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