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Phoenix preservationists earn hearing over historic state fair building

PHOENIX — A hearing will be held Wednesday to determine the fate of a
historic building at the Arizona State Fairgrounds that played a key role in the
implementation of the New Deal in the state during the Great Depression.

The structure known as the Civic Building was built in 1938 by the federal
government as the Arizona headquarters of the Works Progress Administration.

Officials with the Arizona State Fair and Exposition say the building was
headed to the bulldozers because it has a badly leaking roof, termite damage and
a cracking foundation.

An attorney for Preserve Phoenix filed a lawsuit seeking to delay the
demolition until alternative options can be explored.

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge granted a temporary restraining order
last week and set the hearing date.


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