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CONSTRUCTED IN 1947 | ESTABLISHED IN 2005

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THE HISTORY OF HANNY'S

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The Hanny’s Building was constructed in 1947. The opening of the Hanny's Department Store was heralded in the November 22, 1947 Arizona Times as "an archetypal divergence" for downtown Phoenix and also for bringing a "new look," architecturally speaking, to the city. The building's international style facade brought thousands to its opening and Hanny's was praised as being a modern department store.

 

The building is a significant example of prominent local architects Royal Lescher and Leslie Mahoney. Throughout their long careers, Lescher and Mahoney produced architectural designs of high quality that reflected the latest, popular styles of the day. With the Hanny's building, the latest style was the aforementioned International Style. This technique became trendy in the United States by the 1930s but, did not reach The Valley until the late 1940s. Hanny's is recognized as one of the best International Style buildings in Phoenix. The structure itself recognized the city's entry into the modern post World War II commercial era and significantly influenced commercial building design in the 1950s.

This branch of the Hanny's department store was the "go-to" destination for Valley residents in search of sophisticated men's fashions until its closure in 1986. Following a short vacancy, the city purchased the building, and for many years used it for the training of city firefighters.

 

The infamous building was acquired in 2005 by Karl Kopp, a well-established real estate and restaurant mogul from Milwaukee. Mr. Kopp was already known for Kopp’s Frozen Custard and Elsa’s on the Park in Wisconsin. He also owned Bar 89 in Soho for 17 years. Kopp's other legend is here in Scottsdale-- the well known Valley staple, AZ88, The Bar.

 

Mr. Kopp is considered to be a true visionary in the restaurant industry. Quality ingredients, exemplary service, unique and intriguing environments that create a memorable all-around dining experience are what he strives for. He has a keen eye for historical architecture and a creative eye to curate interesting, thought provoking art pieces to display at his establishments. The tradition of non-traditional Christmas trees has become a mainstay for Mr. Kopp’s restaurants and a custom for patrons to enjoy during the holidays.

 

With a nod to preservation, Mr. Kopp not only inherited some unique qualities stemming from Hanny's history but, also kept much of the department store's interior-- the actual vibe, if you will. Original signs advertising men's fashion brands are still in view as well as the original Hanny's entrance sidewalk inlay, original logos on the awnings, and the vintage Hanny's mural on the back of the building. In 2014, Hanny's was featured within "MidCentury Marvels: Commercial Architecture of Phoenix 1945-1975," awarded by The City of Phoenix and Phoenix Historic Preservation Commission.

MONDAY  5PM TO 12AM

TUES THRU THURS  11:30AM TO 12AM

FRIDAY 11:30AM TO 1AM

SATURDAY  5PM TO 1AM

SUNDAY  5PM TO 12AM