Petrified Forest buildings named national treasure

Petrified-Forest-National-Park-ArizonaThe buildings at Petrified Forest National Park in northeastern Arizona are held up as prime examples of modern architecture for their flat roofs, low silhouettes and large windows that open to the vast expanse of rainbow-colored desert.

Spanning dozens of acres, the structures were envisioned to provide everything park staff and visitors would need: gas station, restaurant, community building, maintenance shop, housing, even a two-room school. The National Park Service entrusted the design to prominent architects Richard Neutra and Robert Alexander ahead of the agency’s 50th birthday in 1956, and it’s the only project of theirs still standing within the Park Service.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation recently designated the Petrified Forest compound a national treasure because of its architectural significance. READ MORE