Western Savings aka Souper Salad Building in Phoenix for Sale or Lease


Michele Racioppi


Docomomo US staff


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Peruvian-born architect Wenceslao Alfonso Sarmiento, also known as W.A. Sarmiento, studied with Oscar Niemeyer before heading to the U.S. where he got a job as head designer for the St. Louis-based Bank Building & Equipment Corporation of America and later started his own firm. He designed hundreds of banks and other buildings in the postwar years of bank modernization in downtowns.

One of the banks he designed is the Western Savings Bank at Metrocenter in Phoenix, AZ, completed in 1974, which was later adapted and used for many years was the Souper! Salad! restaurant. Originally, the building was intended to be part of a redevelopment project involving a transit station at Metrocenter, but it is now being offered for sale or lease. A package that includes the sale specifications states that the property "can be repurposed, altered or demolished. No limitations exist for potential user."

Docomomo US and Modern Phoenix are hoping to help identify a buyer who will prefer the former options.