1928 Eastman Cotton Gin, Buckeye (large)
Help Save the 1928 Eastman Cotton Gin, Buckeye, Arizona

Thank you for your interest in preserving and protecting Arizona's historic, architectural, and cultural resources. There are two significant issues of concern that we wish to bring to your attention. First, 


Town of Buckeye officials have voted to raze the 1928 Eastman Cotton Gin. Demolition is scheduled for early September. As reported in the August 27, 2012 Arizona Republic, "For years, informal town plans called for turning the gin, once used to separate cotton from its seeds, into a museum and downtown gateway to showcase the areas agricultural heritage. Town officials spent more than $2 million to purchase the gin and surrounding property. But in the end, renovating the landmark was deemed too costly."


After the vote, Councilman Robert Garza, a fifth-generation native of Buckeye, lamented, "The gin is just a rusty building, but it is part of our heritage... It's hard because Buckeye went through a giant boom, and we had a big influx of people from the outside. They didn't necessarily see what we saw in our community, in our history, in our culture."


If you wish to express your opinion on this matter, please contact the Town Mayor and Council at 623-349-6949 or via email:

A cotton gin is where the seeds and stalks are removed from the cotton boll that is picked off the plant, originally by the hand and later machine. The Buckeye Valley was a top producer of cotton for the state with numerous cotton gins around the area. As new techniques on picking cotton and transporting longer distances evolved, the need for a cotton gin every few miles found the 1928 Eastman Cotton Gin obsolete. Over the years, other gin sites were demolished to make way for new housing developments and the Eastman Cotton Gin found itself one of the last original gins in the Buckeye Valley.
Photo courtesy of Lara R. Serbin, Serbin Studio
Gladys & David Wright House, Phoenix (interior)
Help Save the 1952 David & Gladys Wright House, Phoenix, Arizona

As reported in a previous Arizona Preservation Foundation "Preservation Alert," a remarkable Frank Lloyd Wright house in Phoenix is under threat of demolition. Wright designed the house for his son David and daughter-in-law Gladys and it is unique among all his residential designs. 


Your support is needed to urge the Mayor and City Council to approve historic preservation designation for the house thereby extending its temporary protection from demolition. Much work, both here in Phoenix and Chicago, has been done to seek potential purchasers and devise alternatives to demolition, but more time is needed.


You are encouraged to sign the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy's online petition here. Already over 11,400 concerned individuals from all over Arizona, the nation, and the globe have done so. We would appreciate your signature too.


Photo courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy

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