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.