Last fall, we were invited to assist Ron Peters, AIA of
and in association with Roger Brevoort of Historic Consultants, on the iconic
Copper Queen Hotel
in Bisbee, Arizona. Ron is a Mesa architect who specializes in historic architecture, and Roger is a historic tax credit consultant. Together, they helped the Copper Queen Hotel owners prepare and submit documentation to the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office to secure the appropriate tax credits. And because of this, the hotel owner is currently evaluating options in developing a long-term rehabilitation plan that will help restore the hotel back to its original design and grandeur.
So how did the “19
centuries collide” in Bisbee? The storied Copper Queen Hotel, one of Arizona’s historic architectural gems, dates back to 1898. It was designed by the classically trained New York architectural firm Van Vleck and Goldsmith beginning in 1898, and construction was complete by 1902. Because the architects had
trained in the Beaus Arts style
and travelled throughout Europe, the building design reflects their unique design aesthetic. After 1902, the building was modified over the years, but not well documented. Adaptive Architects provided 3D laser scanning of the existing building to supplement the limited original drawings that were available. The 3D scans created allowed the team to quickly document and capture existing conditions in an electronic format that can be used to create drawings for any future renovations.
The Copper Queen Hotel proudly defines Bisbee’s downtown both in 1902 and today. It was constructed by the Copper Queen Company to house important guests and investors who visited the Copper Queen Mine, and thus played a key role in establishing the town of Bisbee and the copper industry as a whole in Arizona. Clearly, our state owes a lot to this much-loved treasure from our wild-west past.
Thank you Ron, for allowing us to assist on this important project! We're excited to hear about any transformations planned in the near future!