Read It: Things of the Past

Written by Leah LeMoine Category: Arts Issue: May 2018

Phoenix history buffs Robert Melikian and Paul Scharbach show us Phoenix Past and Present.

Phoenix Past and Present ($24.95, Great Western Associates)May is National Historic Preservation Month, and there’s no better way for Phoenician history hounds to observe it than with Phoenix Past and Present ($24.95, Great Western Associates), a gorgeous coffee- table book that juxtaposes historical images of Phoenix streets and landmarks with modern-day photos of the same sites. Phoenix natives Paul Scharbach and Robert Melikian, both passionate local historians, lovingly curated – and, in the case of Scharbach’s photos, created – this compendium of Phoenix architecture and design. Pick up a copy at Changing Hands, Heard Museum, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix Art Museum, Pueblo Grande Museum and select Costcos, or online on Amazon.