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Phoenix Union High School
Phoenix, Arizona


Description: Phoenix Union High School
Other Names:
Address: East Van Buren Street, between Sixth and Seventh streets
Type: educational: high school
Original Client: [local school district]
Date: c. 1912
Condition: project; not built

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost

Location of Drawings: None known to exist
Location of Documentary Photographs:

Bibliography: Robert R. Frankeberger, Les Mahoney: The Early Years
[Interview with Leslie J. Mahoney (1892-1985)], Triglyph; a Southwestern Journal of Architecture and Environmental Design, no. 7 (Winter 1988-1989), page 6.

Remarks: In the interview cited above, Lescher stated that the first buildings for the Phoenix Union High School campus were designed in a classical style by the firm of Trost and Trost, down in El Paso, and some others. Frankeberger, however, doubted that Mohoney was correct (telephone interview with Lloyd C. Engelbrecht, August, 1989). It may be that Trost & Trost prepared designs for one or more buildings, but those designs were not accepted. In the August, 1989 telephone interview, Frankeberger also stated that Mahoney’s longtime partner, Roy Lescher, had worked for Trost & Trost, so Mahoney would have been aware of the firm at least from his first association with Lescher, in 1912.

See also: Central Arizona Chapter, American Institute of Architects, A Guide to the Architecture of Metro Phoenix. Phoenix: author, 1983 page 40 (discussion of the Phoenix Union High School campus, with one photograph, but no mention of Trost & Trost).

Prepared for the El Paso Public Library by Lloyd C. and June F. Engelbrecht under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1990.