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Historic Downtown Phoenix Hotels May Be Razed

By Dustin Gardiner for The Arizona Republic

The future of the former St. James Hotel and the adjacent Hotel Madison is uncertain. Photo Credit: Charlie Leight/The Arizona Republic

A block away from US Airways Center arena in downtown Phoenix, the vintage brick facade of the Hotel St. James contrasts with the gleaming lights of soaring high-rises and billboards.

Although the St. James and its older sister, the Madison Hotel next door, aren’t ornate, they’re a rarity in Phoenix — a city critics say has few historic buildings to show for its storied past. The hotels are among a handful in the Valley that date to around the time of statehood.

But that history could soon turn to rubble if plans to replace the buildings with a parking lot move forward.

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