Threatened Places: The 1889 Steinegger Lodging House
We head now to another of the Valley’s threatened places – historic buildings in need of some TLC, or more. And today, it’s not just any historic building – it’s the second oldest building in Phoenix.
The Steinegger Lodging House is on Monroe, between Central Avenue and First Street, and it’s frankly not much to look at. But Rob Melikian, who describes himself as a hopeful historic preservationist, says it’s what’s on the inside that counts.
Melikian’s family owns the San Carlos Hotel about half a block away, and he says the Steinegger Lodging House is tied to one of Phoenix’s pioneers.
Melikian says three big events that helped shape Phoenix also impacted Steinegger: the Arizona canal brought irrigation to the Valley, the railroad came in 1887, and Phoenix became the territorial capital in 1889.
The property, and the Professional Building right next door, are owned by the Minneapolis-based firm CSM. An official with the company says it plans to turn the larger building into a hotel, which he expects to open around this time next year.
Melikian says he’d like the company to sell him the deed to the Steinegger property, which he’d then turn into a bar and restaurant, or anything else CSM wants. But the CSM official says while it does plan to eventually do something with the Steinegger Lodging House, he couldn’t talk about what that might be .