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Lath House Pavilion

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1979–1980, Robert R. Frankeberger. 115 N. 6th St.
  • (Photograph by Mark C. Vinson, FAIA/AICP)
  • (Photograph by Mark C. Vinson, FAIA/AICP)

The 22,800-square-foot Lath House pavilion was added to support and expand public and income-producing activities at Heritage Square. Anchoring the northeast corner of the block, its form and scale help to unify the smaller surrounding structures as a coherent complex, despite their varying shapes, styles, and uses. Completed in 1980, the Lath House is an open-air community meeting space capable of accommodating upwards of 1,000 people for sit-down dinners and concerts. A composition of telephone poles, glulam beams, and wood lath, the Lath House recalls nineteenth-century greenhouses, conservatories, and garden gazebos while providing much-needed shade from the Southwest sun. This is true not only of the principal vaulted spaces but also of the covered gallery that extends around the perimeter of the building. Designed by Phoenix architect Robert Frankeberger, the Lath House was recognized by the American Institute of Architects with a National Honor Award in 1980.

Writing Credits

Mark C. Vinson, FAIA/AICP
R. Brooks Jeffery
Jason Tippeconnic Fox



  • 1979

    Design and construction

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Mark C. Vinson, FAIA/AICP, "Lath House Pavilion", [Phoenix, Arizona], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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