In our never-ending effort to match up old photos with current ones for our new Before and After Section, here’s a photo of The Mecca Motel or “Haven of Rest” as it was labeled on this postcard from the 1940s or 1950’s. As you can see, one of the features of this downtown motel was covered parking for guests.
The Mecca Motel, Haven of Rest, 1940s or 1950s.
When I first came to Wickenburg in 1995, those covered parking spots still existed. Subsequently, Sonja Green, a local Realtor, purchased the property and made some changes to the exterior. The parking was closed in to increase office/retail space and the building’s exterior was covered with stucco. The highly controversial (but attractive, in my opinion) paint scheme went on a bit later, giving the place a kind of southwestern art deco look. More recently, the drive in parking area was closed up, paved (most likely to keep down the dust) and landscaped. The result is what you see in the photo below.
The Mecca Specialty Shops & Restaurant, February 1, 2006.
On the far left on the photo is the Mecca Restaurant, a historical landmark building originally made of real adobe. It’s one of our local Mexican Restaurants (these days we have four), featured in one of our Dining Guide articles.
The Mecca Restaurant, November, 2004.
I think this is an excellent example of how an older property can be refirbished and recycled without demolition to liven up and enhance the downtown area.
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