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Renovated historical buildings in Phoenix win statewide awards

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PHOENIX — Four historical buildings in Phoenix that found new life after renovation projects won awards at the Arizona Historical Preservation Conference last week.

The grand prize winner was the Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Downtown at Central Avenue and Monroe Street. The high-rise was once called the Professional Building and appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film “Psycho”.

The second award winner was the former Sun Mercantile Building, off of Third and Jackson streets. According to Phoenix’s Historic Preservation Office, the building was the city’s first and only warehouse built and operated by a Chinese-born businessman and was at one point the city’s largest grocery wholesaler. It now houses an IASIS Healthcare clinic.

The third award winner was DeSoto Central Market, located downtown near the light rail stop at Central Ave and Roosevelt Street. The building was once the C.P. Stephens DeSoto Six Motor Cars Dealership.

The former Ong Yut Geong Wholesale Market Warehouse, off of Buchanan and Central streets and now the offices for R&R Partners, was also an award winner.

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