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Architect discusses history of Prescott architecture Saturday

Local award-winning architect Bill Otwell will be on hand at 1 p.m. today, Saturday, March 8, at the Phippen Museum to explore the history of architecture in Prescott. Bill has been at the heart of architecture in Prescott since the 1970s when he was part of the team that built the first modern solar-heated home in Arizona. He moved on to a series of new buildings and restoration projects, like the Elks Opera House, that defined architecture as we think of it in Prescott. This special presentation is part of the Phippen's new exhibit, Architecture in Art, on display from March 8 through July 13.

Bill Otwell is principal of Otwell Associates Architects, a firm specializing in historic preservation, solar and energy efficient design, and preservation of natural site features. He is a native Arizonan, born and raised in Phoenix. But after completion of his architectural degree, he moved to Prescott and began his career. He worked for a local architect, was the Assistant Director of Planning for the City of Prescott and, in 1979, established his own architectural practice. And it's through these experiences that Bill has developed a thorough working knowledge of the local environment, giving his projects a strong sense of connection and compatibility with the location and climatic conditions.

The cost is free for museum members and included in the general admission price: $7 for adults, $6 for AAA members, $5 for students with ID and free for museum members and children twelve and under. For more information on this or any other event at the Phippen Museum, call 778-1385, or visit their website at

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