Maricopa County Security Building

Phoenix, AZ

The Maricopa County Security Building, once the tallest building in Arizona, has been entirely revitalized. Under the guidance of Foresite Construction, EverGreene restored the decorative paint and plaster in the 8th floor ballroom. Our conservators often use a hybrid of traditional preservation techniques and contemporary restoration strategies to return functionality to a space while also maintaining its historical significance and integrity. Such was the approach implemented in restoring the Security Building in Phoenix. The decorative ceiling in the 8th floor ballroom, the most significant decorative element in the Renaissance Revivalist structure, had succumb to years of water damage and neglect.

Plasterers repaired and re-plastered entire sections of the ceiling and beams. Meticulous attention was paid to matching the various textures of historic surfaces with new casts: the original beams were cast with wooden boards which left both grain patterns and slightly raised edges in the surface. The ballroom of the Maricopa County Security Building is a fully operational event space complete with new plaster and paint treatment that mirrors the original while also exhibiting the genuinely historic finishes, cleaned, preserved and protected from future infrastructural threats.

Maricopa County Security Building

The restored ceiling in the 8th floor ballroom

Maricopa County Security Building

The ceiling before restoration

Maricopa County Security Building

The 8th floor ballroom before restoration

Maricopa County Security Building

The completely restored ballroom