September 14, 2009

A Little Bit of Downtown Phoenix

Phoenix Convention Center

We had tickets for the Arizona Home and Building Expo held at the Phoenix Convention Center this past weekend.

It was fun walking around talking to everyone. The redo of the Convention Center is amazing and gorgeous so I took a couple of photos as we were wandering back to the car.

Phoenix Convention Center 2

St. Mary's Basilica sits just north of the Convention Center at 3rd Street and Monroe. It was completed in 1914 and is the oldest Roman Catholic parish in Phoenix. And, yes, the sky really is that vibrant blue most of the time.

St. Mary's Basilica

At 2nd Street and Monroe, one of our favorite places for performing arts is the Herberger Theater. “Dance” is the title of the group of bronze sculptures located outside the Herberger. They were created in the 1970s by Arizona sculptor John Henry Waddell.

Herberger Theater

We took the granddaughter to see "Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business" about 4 years ago. She has an impressive collection of June B. Jones books and the play was so much fun. When our girls were growing up, we took them to "Eleemosynary," a 3-woman play that was just phenomenal.
Herberger Theater 2

We've also seen some wonderful ballets there.

Herberger Theater 3

The Steele Pavilion at Herberger Theater is an art gallery showcasing Arizona artists.

Steele Pavilion at Herberger Theater

This shot is the street in front of The Hyatt Regency. It's not in the picture, but this Hyatt is home to the Compass Room, Arizona's only revolving restaurant. You can see the round restaurant at the top of the photo on the Hyatt's website.  While you are eating, the restaurant very slowly revolves so the scenery outside your window is changing. The movement is barely noticeable but I will say I am notorious for motion sickness. I attended a luncheon meeting there once and sat "backwards" and by the end, I was so queasy. Just sayin' if you go and you don't have any dramamine, face forward!

The Hyatt

It's still over 100 degrees here during the day, but it was nice out Sunday.


Kelli said...

I think Phoenix is the most beautiful place I've ever seen, and I' ve lived in the Rockies and New England. Very nice pictures - thanks for sharing.

Frank took Becca to a revolving restaurant in Duluth, MN. We joked about whether they would have a trough outside the door for people to heave their expensive dinner into!

jayaycee said...

It was a nice day for some picture taking. :-)