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Construction Photos

Phoenix Trotting Park under construction in 1964
The Trotting Park under construction in 1964.
Photo by: Don Daniels of mi-harness.net
Mounting and assembling the prefabricated elements
Mounting and assembling the prefabricated elements. Source: Victor Gruen Associates.
Construction of the grandstand with roof support columns in place
Under the first level bleachers, the pillars are massive. At various levels of the grandstand, the posts offer minimum interference of the view outside. The forks are for the roof support beams. Source: Victor Gruen Associates.

Concrete form for constructing steel-reinforced hollow roof supports
This image shows a form built to create the triangular-shaped hollow beams, which both support the roof and serve as heating ducts to circulate hot air throughout the building. The reinforcing rods, using post-stress, here are strung on strong oil in paper sheaths which will be coated with the concrete. Source: Victor Gruen Associates.
Gantry crane lowering roof supports into place
This image shows construction of the seating area with the aid of a gantry and a crane. We see two posts in the fork where the crane is preparing to place the roof support beam. Note on the lateral face of the beam, the rectangular holes which have been formed for the distribution of hot air. Source: Victor Gruen Associates.
Moving cantilever beams during construction
Unloading notched beams, destined to bear the stands. These girders, precast and post-stress using over 900 tons of tensile force, measure 34.50 meters in length and allow a cantilevered length over 15 meters. Source: Victor Gruen Associates.

Historic Pictures

Front view of the grandstand in 1965
Racecourse for trotting races during Winter nights in the American city of Phoenix. General view, facing the track of the big grandstand and fully windowed. It presents itself as a giant heated greenhouse. The building that straddles the ridge rounded roof is the press gallery. Source: Victor Gruen Associates.
Rear view of the grandstand in 1965
The rear facade overlooks the parking lot and main entrance. At center, the large staircase tower leads to the upper levels of the clubhouse and along the top of the grandstand, a glass cantilever that houses various offices, lounges and other amenities. Source: Victor Gruen Associates.
Profile view of the grandstand in 1965
Profile view of the grandstand, showing the side windows and interior support columns. Note, on the left side, the rounded section of the cantilever that runs along the rear facade. Source: Victor Gruen Associates.

Detail view of ceiling vents
Looking up, this viewpoint shows the remarkable details of the ceiling heating, the supporting posts, and the framed windows with virtually invisible wiring. On the ground floor, a set of stairs (in the foreground) provide access to the grandstand and its 73-meter long Pari-mutuel betting counter. Open to the outside, the ground floor is essentially an annex of the lawn. Source: Victor Gruen Associates.
Interior view of Phoenix Trotting Park in 1965
Another inside view of the grandstand, with loads of restaurants, snack bars and other places to eat. Visible in the center of the track is the electronic scoreboard. Source: Victor Gruen Associates.
Escalator to the Clubhouse
The tower of the clubhouse. Detail view showing the start of the escalator in the vast hall of the tower. On the mezzanine, one perceives, through the glass, the cantilever of the rear facade of the structure. Source: Victor Gruen Associates.

Second floor restaurant
The restaurant on the second floor. The large windows offer remarkably good views of the track; there is no need to leave the table or get up to follow the race results. Source: Victor Gruen Associates.
View of the third floor betting counter
The third floor with pari-mutuel betting counter. This view shows the magnitude of the triangular section of the hollow beams which support the roof slab by solid intermediate beams. The long beams are air ducts for heating, with diamond expansions that create a beautiful decorative effect. Source: Victor Gruen Associates.
View of spectator seating area
Viewing section of the grandstand. What is striking in this photograph is the comfort that spectators enjoy; but what you can not see is that their warmth is provided, from top to bottom, through the vents in the hollow beams supporting the roof and in which is pushes the warm air from devices situated on the ground-floor and first floor. Source: Victor Gruen Associates.

Trotting Park Postcard
A color postcard, date unknown. Source: John F.
Trotting Park Scale Model
A scale model from 1965. Source: unknown.
Billboard Advertisement
A billboard advertising the Trotting Park in the 1960s. Source: unknown.

December 1965 Magazine Ad
A magazine ad from December 1965. Source: unknown.
Original Trotting Park Seats
A photo of the original seats in 1965. Photo by: Victor Gruen Associates.
Trotting Park Escalator in 1965
A photo of the original escalator and light fixture. Photo by: Victor Gruen Associates.

Front of Grandstand in 1965
Front of Grandstand in 1965. Photo by: Victor Gruen Associates.
Rear of Grandstand in 1965
Rear of Grandstand in 1965. Photo by: Victor Gruen Associates.
Detail of Grandstand in 1965
Detail of Grandstand in 1965. Photo by: Victor Gruen Associates.

Cover of The Harness Horse Magazine from Jan 20, 1965
Phoenix Trotting Park on the cover of the Jan. 20, 1965 issue of The Harness Horse magazine. Photo by: Annie.
Trotting Park Founders on Opening Night in 1965
Robert G. Johnson, George Morton Levy, James J. Dunnigan, and James G. Wells at opening night ceremonies. Photo by: Harness Horse Magazine.
Aerial view from the Goodyear Blimp
An aerial view of Phoenix Trotting Park taken from the Goodyear Blimp. During its stay in sunny Litchfield Park, the Association arranged flights for visiting horsemen. Photo by: Harness Horse Magazine.

A View of the horse stables
A view of the horse stables. Photo by: Harness Horse Magazine.
View of Grandstand from Turn 1
View of the grandstand from Turn 1. Photo by: Harness Horse Magazine.
Opening Night Gala
A field getting underway on opening night before a gala crowd of more than 12,000 spectators. Photo by: Harness Horse Magazine.

Horses Trotting Around the Track
Horses trotting around the track. Source: unknown.
Harness Racing at Santa Anita Park in California
This image is NOT from PTP, but at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA. It shows the drivers on the sulkies (two wheeled carts) that are an integral part of Harness Racing. Source: Western Harness Racing Association.
Trotters at at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA
This image is NOT from PTP, but at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA. It shows the drivers on the sulkies (two wheeled carts) that are an integral part of Harness Racing. Source: Western Harness Racing Association.

Vintage Phoenix Horse Racing Photo from 1965
A woman posing by a horse with Phoenix Trotting Park grandstand clearly visible in the background. Source: Western Harness Racing Association.
Man posing by horse in vintage photo
A man in a cowboy hat posing next to a horse in this vintage photo. Source: Western Harness Racing Association.
Woman posing next to horse
Woman posing next to horse. Source: Western Harness Racing Association.

Vintage Phoenix Horse Racing Photo from 1965
Two men appear to be talking business. Source: Western Harness Racing Association.
Man posing by horse in vintage photo
Inspecting the horse's shoes. Source: Western Harness Racing Association.
Woman posing next to horse
Young man with a flat top haircut posing next to horse. Source: Western Harness Racing Association.

Trotting Park Program
Program Form - It's Trotting Time!
Photo by Anthony and Chris Lasinski of The Grey Stable. (Note: larger size not available).
 
 

Exterior Pictures

Trotting Park Aerial Photo by Tim Roberts
The Trotting Park with Interstate 10 in the background and the White Tank Mountains on the horizon.
Photo by: Tim Roberts Photography (2009). Used with permission.
Trotting Park Aerial Photo by Tim Roberts
The Trotting Park with Cotton Lane RV Resort in the background, and the Sierra Estrella mountains on the horizon.
Photo by: Tim Roberts Photography (2009). Used with permission.
Trotting Park Long Exposure at Night
Long exposure night photo.
Photo by: Troy Paiva of LostAmerica.com. Used with permission.

Trotting Park in 2013
The Trotting Park viewed from Interstate 10.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com
Phoenix Trotting Park
The Trotting Park from the west.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com
Trotting Park windows
Looking towards the grandstand from the infield. The windows were blown out during the filming of a movie in 1998.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com

Corner detail
This rounded corner was originally a restaurant and bar called the "Water Ski Club."
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com
Rounded triangle windows
Window detail.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com
Public entrance gate
Public entrance gate.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.

Rounded triangle windows
Long row of windows.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com
 
 

Interior Pictures

Concrete staircase
Ground floor: concrete staircase.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.
Support columns
Ground floor: support columns.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.
Interior debris
Ground floor: piles of debris.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.

Stairs to grandstand level
Stairs from the ground floor up to grandstand level.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.
Inside of the grandstand
Interior view of the grandstand. The seats have been removed and the glass was blown out during the filming of the movie "No Code of Conduct."
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.
Interior bird droppings
Bird droppings (health hazard).
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.

Grandstand ceiling
Ceiling detail showing the hollow roof supports and heating ducts, with diamond shaped expansions for decoration.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.
Interior concours level
The third floor, where the betting counter used to be.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.
Inside of the grandstand
This is the pari-mutuel betting counter on the third floor, where patrons placed their bets on the horses.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.

Interior wall knocked out
Wall knocked out.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.
Smashed toilets in restroom
Smashed toilets in restroom.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.
Gutted interior walls
Gutted interior.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.

View from the room
View from the roof.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.
Another view from the roof
Another view from the roof.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.
View from the skybox
View from the skybox, looking south towards the Sierra Estrella mountains.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.

An old escalator
The main escalator which led up to the Clubhouse level.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.
An old escalator
The main escalator and the remains of the mid-century light fixture.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.
View of the staircase
View of the staircase tower from the rear of the building.
Photo by: PhoenixTrottingPark.com.


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