Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Casa Blanca Style Living


There is a place in Scottsdale where you can live like a sultan if you want.  This condo complex known as Casa Blanca has a long history in the area.  It was built in the 1920's as a home for the Donald Kellogg family and in the late 1940's it was converted into a corporate retreat for the Warner Borg Company.


In the 1950's it opened to the public as the Casa Blanca Inn and it remained a resort all the way through the 1970's.  That's how I remember it.  I would sometimes go there just to use the buildings as a background for photos.


Today, the whole complex has been turned into condominiums and some of them are quite unique.  Several years ago I got to visit two of them that happened to be on a home tour sponsored by a non-profit organization.  I actually got to visit the home with the huge dome over the top of it.


Unfortunately, the day of that home tour was a chilly and rainy day so when I tried to take photos of the exterior, all that white just blended in with the misty sky.  So, a few weeks ago I went back to get some photos with blue sky.

Back when it was a resort, there was a restaurant there called "The Sultan's Table".  I sure wish I would have gotten a chance to experience it.  It just sounds like a place I would have loved.

9 comments:

Christine said...

If you had said you were in Morocco, I would have believed you, Sharon! I love this & your photos are wonderful!

Andy said...

Seeing this was a pleasant surprise for me. I never expected to see anything like this in Phoenix.

RedPat said...

It is so wonderfully exotic, Sharon! Love your pics!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

What a fab piece of architecture Sharon, how fab to have a condo here. There's a similar situation here, a building built in the 1920's in the style of a castle, now apartments.. would love to see inside, yours there and mine here!

Lowell said...

It is so unusual, but then Phoenix has a number of unusual things! :) I'll bet those condo apartments are quite luxurious, given the exterior of the building. BTW, my new blog isn't working so I'm back posting on Ocala. :)

Steve Reed said...

Very cool! Did you get photos of the inside, under the dome? I love that pic of the domes against the blue sky.

There's a place in Florida, near Miami, called Opa-Locka, which was designed in the '20s with a similar Arabian Nights motif. I guess it was a thing back then.

William Kendall said...

Some of the architecture certainly evokes North Africa.

Judy Ryer said...

Wow! I had no idea.

bill burke said...

It doesn't make me think Phoenix. It's a wonder sight to see and photograph though. A gem in the desert.