Archive for January, 2015

Circle West Architects

The Jefferson

Jan 07, 2015

As we are in the process of transforming and giving new light to the building, the once Barrister building will be renamed back to The Jefferson, keeping intact its legacy and history for excellence.



In 1915, the City of Phoenix was very eager for the Jefferson Hotel to open its doors. Talk about the Jefferson was all over various newspapers raving about the ornate artistic fixtures, rich mahogany furniture, and lavish way in which the hotel was prepared to receive its guests.



It was thought that guests from another city would rate Phoenix based on its hospitality extended by the hotel. The Jefferson prided itself on the level of responsibility and satisfaction to its guests as its way of contributing to the good reputation of Phoenix. As stated in the article, “Helping in her growth, the growth of her industries and her wealth, and her attraction as a place where life is worth living.”(Arizona Republican; May 23, 1915).

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Known as one of the fines commercial hotels in the southwest, The Jefferson had everything imaginable. The roof garden being one of the most important aspects of the hotel with a secondary roof. It allowed visitors a breathtaking view of the Salt River valley that stretched for miles with various farms studding the landscape on either side.