Scottsdale: A very special DWR Studio.

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Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

Our Scottsdale Studio is in a building designed by Frank Henry, who was inspired to become an architect after a chance meeting with Frank Lloyd Wright. A native of Southern California, Henry moved to Arizona in the 1940s, and in 1960 he became the first person to receive a Bachelor of Architecture degree in the state of Arizona.

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Archival photo of the Frank Henry building where the DWR Scottsdale Studio is today.

With more than 50 years in the industry, Henry has designed airports, banks, churches, hospitals, university buildings and one DWR Studio, although it was originally a Valley National Bank headquarters. Today he is Studio Master emeritus, teaching Hand Rendering and Perspective Drawing at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

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Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

DWR Scottsdale has been in this Frank Henry space for eight years. The landlord removed most of the original cast concrete wall to give it more “retail presence” but many terrific details still remain.

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Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

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Photo: Gwendolyn Horton

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Frank Henry also designed the spectacular and unique Valley National Bank at 44th and Camelback, which I'll be sharing with you shortly. In the meantime, stop by the DWR Scottsdale Studio and check out our Frank Henry digs.