Union Bank also designed by Ivan Sarkiss & Associates

Ivan Sarkiss – Architect designed many prominent Tucson buildings

Ivan Sarkiss was an Armenian-born architect who worked in Tucson on residential and commercial projects. Sarkiss and Associates collaborated on many large projects in Tucson, including the Pima Superior County Courthouse (1974), and the Skyline Country Club (1963). Sarkiss and Associates designed a modern bank on Grant Road & Park Avenue in 1972. Originally called …

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Nicholas Sakellar, FAIA – Architect Spotlight

About Nicholas Sakellar Nicholas Sakellar was a well-known Tucson architect who designed many recognizable buildings in town including the Wilmot Library, Catalina High School, Cholla High School, Arizona Trust Building, and the Tucson House. Nicholas Sakellar was born in Indiana in 1918 to a Greek immigrant family and raised in Ohio. He studied architecture at …

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St Philips in the Hills church designed by Josias Joesler

Tucson’s most well-known architect? Josias Joesler

Joesler and the Murpheys Josias Joesler is arguably the most well-known Tucson architect. Originally from Switzerland and coming to Tucson after living in various cities across Europe and then California, Joesler collaborated with developer John Murphey and his wife Helen on over 400 residential and commercial projects in Tucson from 1927 until his death in …

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Villa Catalina

The most Unique Property for the Money – Villa Catalina

Mid-Century Modern Condos Villa Catalina Apartments are one of the most recognizable communities in Tucson. They’re a wonderful example of mid-century modern architecture with its broad linear roof line and the unique square and circle shaped railings.  The units were constructed between 1957 – 1960 in what was a more rural area at the time. …

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Historic Arizona Inn located in Blenman-Elm neighborhood, Tucson

Merritt Starkweather – The architect that designed the Arizona Inn

Merritt Starkweather, FAIA was a well-known, prolific Tucson architect from the 1920s to the 1970s. He designed area schools, (Carrillo, Drachman, Bonillas to name a few) resorts, and homes. Many of his homes can be seen in the El Encanto Estates neighborhood. Merritt Starkweather also designed the well-known, historic Arizona Inn located at 2200 E. …

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Downtown Tucson

‘Today Show’ lists Tucson among the Top 10 places for bargain homes

Tucson was listed as one of the top 10 places for bargain homes according to Barbara Corcoran on NBC’s ‘Today’ show, which aired on Tuesday. Corcoran said she took into account the cities’ job growth and home prices over the last year. Cities listed were: South Bend, Indiana Akron, Ohio Topeka, Kansas New Haven, Connecticut …

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Photos from the 2009 Southern Arizona AIA Architecture Tour

Today concluded another great Architecture Tour sponsored by the Southern Arizona AIA Chapter. The annual tour included 6 private residences, one office building, and one commercial space that is currently under construction.  Some were new structures and many were older homes that had square footage added on in an artful way. The tour is a …

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