Mid-Century Souper Salad Building

In 1977 an unusual bank building was built in west Phoenix at the Metro Center Mall.  It started life as a Western Savings Bank and nowadays is a Souper Salad restaurant.  This innovative round-shaped structure has arched windows and an extraordinary dome on top.

The structure was designed by renowned Peruvian born architect and engineer, W.A. Sarmiento.  It is a concrete Expressionist style edifice with a gallant “crown roast” appearing to ascend up to into the sky from the roof.  Sarmiento has designed many unique mid-century-modern buildings throughout the country post-World War II.  Some of his buildings are around downtown Phoenix and other cities throughout the state.  I plan to seek those buildings out and photograph each one.  I will share those photos in a post.


  1. I saw a news story about the buildings. Since this one was close to home, I went to Metrocenter and took pictures of it.


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