Notable mid-modern community/office building at Petrified Forest NP slated for rehabilitation

Amid talk of massive national infrastructure and transportation spending, it’s nice to see a small yet significant piece of midcentury roadside history get proper attention from preservationists.

Earlier this month, the Painted Desert Community Complex, a 22-acre, self-contained community and park complex designed by noted modernist architect Richard Neutra and Richard Alexander, began a much-needed facelift. The glass storefront of the complex’s Oasis Building was restored, the first step in a more than $7 million plan to totally rehabilitate the complex, a gateway into the Petrified Forest National Park, by 2020.

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