Historic Preservation & Rehab Design

The DeSoto Building + DeSoto Central Market

Phoenix, AZ​


The historic home of the C. P. Stephens DeSoto dealership was brought from a structurally unsound and deteriorating condition to be a major contributor to the streetscape along Central Avenue. Motley coordinated applications for listing in the National Register of Historic Places,  LEED certification, a City of Phoenix  preservation grant and Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits.  Interior rehabilitation was completed for the first new tenant, the  DeSoto Central Market, a food hall concept.

Carl Hayden Center for Sustainability at the Eisendrath House

Tempe, AZ​

This adobe home was originally designed by architect/contractor Robert Evans in 1930 for Rose Eisendrath, a wealthy window. In this rehabilitation design for the city of Tempe, severe structural deterioration was addressed and the building and grounds were adapted for use as offices and museum, including construction of a modern meeting room.

Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center

Phoenix, AZ​


In a three-phase project, the Arizona Jewish Historical Society rehabilitated the historic Temple Beth Israel, Phoenix' first synagogue, converting it to a historical museum and cultural center. Motley not only provided design services for the rehabilitation and site development, but also a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. 

Welnick Arcade Marketplace

Phoenix, AZ​


The 1927 Welnick Arcade Market and the adjacent Liefgreen Seed Company Building were rehabilitated for restaurants and other retail uses.  In addition to designing the project., Motley prepared the National Register of Historic Places nomination as well as the federal historic preservation tax credit application. 

Historical Research & Preservation Planning

David & Gladys Wright House Building Assessment 

Phoenix, AZ​


This home, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for his son and daughter-in-law, was threatened with demolition. Motley Design Group conducted a building assessment report with cost estimates in order to help to market the property to someone who would save it.  As a result the building was saved and is being restored.

Fort Defiance Indian Hospital HABS Documentation 

Navajo Nation​


The Navajo Area office of the Indian Health Service commissioned this documentation to satisfy NHPA Section 106 requirements for mitigation prior to demolition. The documentation included over 100 archival 4x5 format photographs and written narratives covering four related buildings. 

Route 66 in Arizona Historic Survey 



The Arizona State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) received a grant from the National Park Service’s Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program in 2010 to fund a comprehensive survey of potential Route 66 resources in Arizona, from the California state line to the New Mexico state line. A total of 889 properties were inventoried.

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