Structure Type: built works - dwellings -public accommodations - hotels

Designers: Dorr, L.L., Architect (firm); Fisher, Lake and Traver, Architects (firm); Louis L. Dorr ; Fisher (architect); H. Rafael Lake (architect); Harrison B. Traver (architect)

Dates: [unspecified]

Phoenix, AZ

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L.L. Dorr served as a local associated architect with the main designers of the Westward Ho Hotel, the Fresno/Los Angeles architectural firm of Fisher, Lake and Traver. This sixteen-story Art Deco skyscraper stood as the tallest building (208 feet) in Arizona from 1928-1960. The hotel closed in 1979, and there was speculation that it might be demolished like much of Downtown Phoenix. In 1981, however, the Westward Ho became a senior housing center.

Alfred Hitchcock used the Westward Ho Hotel in the opening scenes of his film, "Psycho" (1960).

A large addition was made to the hotel in the 1940s. A renovation to the senior living center's 289 apartments costing $8 million took place in 2003-2004.

PCAD id: 7502