Arizona Historic Preservation & Rehab Design

Motley Design Group is recognized regionally for our expertise in historic preservation.  Clients have found that our knowledge of  local architectural history, of construction materials and techniques, and of the application of modern codes to historic buildings  is indispensable for preservation projects. 

Our team has the capability to provide restoration and rehabilitation design for projects large or small. In addition to design work, we offer experience in an array of related services including historic preservation tax credit application, preservation agency approvals, and energy optimization / LEED certification.

Many firms claim "historic preservation" experience, but few have the depth of understanding of the historic preservation process necessary to negotiate the various standards and regulations that may apply.

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  and the federal historic preservation tax credit application. 

Charles T. Hayden House Rehabilitation (Monti's La Casa Vieja)

Tempe, AZ​


The Charles Trumbull Hayden House (1874), later known to generations  of Phoenicians as Monti’s La Casa Vieja restaurant, is the oldest documented building in the Salt River Valley.  

Motley provided a smorgasbord of services, including HABS Documentation, Building Condition Assessment report, interim Protection Plan, and ultimately restoration and rehabilitation design for adaptive use as an office for the Downtown Tempe Authority.

L. G. Knipe House

Phoenix, AZ


This Home was designed by early-Phoenix architect and structural engineer Leighton G. Knipe for his family, moving to Arizona from New Jersey. 

The house  suffered from extensive alterations in the 1960s, and in 2010 the roof and much of the interior was destroyed by a fire. 

The roof structure was reconstructed to Motley's designs to match the historic condition, and the significant interior layout was also partially restored.  The house is now used as commercial lease space within a larger development.

Silver King Hotel Rehabilitation 

Florence, AZ​


The Silver King Hotel is the largest historic building remaining of the commercial Main Street of Florence, Arizona. Owned by the Town of Florence, it has been restored and converted to lease commercial space.

Motley was responsible for a second phase of restoration, which included reconstruction of the wood framed porches that had been removed many years ago, and interior fit-out with an elevator, public restrooms, and building utilities to make the building ready to occupy.

22 W. Jackson Street

Phoenix, AZ


This historic location of the Arizona Hardware Supply Co. is now the corporate headquarters for Dudley Ventures, a financial services firm. 

Before beginning work on the building, it was thought by preservation authorities to have lost all historical integrity. Our team was able to demonstrate that it could be not only restored, but also qualify for historic preservation tax credits. 

A new interior was designed for the warehouse-type building that preserves its historical essence while conveying the forward-looking image of the owners.

Sobo Restaurant

Phoenix, AZ


Design for a new Japanese/fusion restaurant in an historic bungalow. The project includes compete interior design for the Dining Room as well as a 2-story kitchen addition on the back. Offices are on the second floor.   The project is within an historic preservation overlay zone and was required to comply with design review requirements.