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Arizona Architecture from the Archives

Highlights from the Design and the Arts Library Special Collections

Presentation Drawing, First Methodist Church, Mesa, Martin Ray Young Collection, Design and the Arts Special Collections

Presentation drawing, First National Bank of Arizona, Martin Ray Young Collection, Design and the Arts Special Collections

About Martin Ray Young

Martin Ray Young, Jr. was the first architect in Mesa, establishing his practice in 1948, and designing more than 1600 projects in a career that spanned more than 50 years. A graduate of Brigham Young University, Young designed churches, residence, schools, and commercial buildings, mostly in Arizona but also in New Mexico, California, Utah, Colorado , and elsewhere. Some of his prominent projects in the Phoenix area include the First United Methodist Church (Mesa), Paradise Valley Apostolic Church, Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church (Tempe), and Mesa Historical Society Museum. He was the founding president of the Rio Salado Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a recipient of the prestigious Kachina Award from the Arizona College of Fellows of AIA.  Martin Ray Young, Jr. died in February 1999.

Martin Ray Young Collection, Design and the Arts Special Collections

The collection includes over 15,000 preliminary sketches and working drawings as well as job files, project specifications, and photographs.  The collection is a gift from the Young Family.

Click here to view the box inventory (pdf),  drawings inventory (pdf), and job list (pdf). 

Presentation drawing, Mesa Dodge, Martin Ray Young Collection, Design and the Arts Special Collections

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