Architecture

Ice House Lofts pool and spa area

Ice House Lofts – a Cool Redevelopment

About the Ice House Lofts The Ice House Lofts were redeveloped by a local Tucson architecture firm, Rob Paulus Architects, in 2004-2005. The Ice House Lofts consist of 50 units, varying in size from 580 to 2,700 square feet, from studios up to 3 bedroom homes. The conversion to lofts was a natural for Paulus’ …

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The Ramada House designed by Tucson Architect Judith Chafee.

The Ramada House: Designed by Judith Chafee

About The Ramada House Architect Judith Chafee’s best known house is currently for sale. The Ramada House is named for the giant Tohono O’odham-style ramada that shades most of the home. The ramada also creates wonderful shadow patterns on the white painted mortar-washed slump block walls. What is especially striking about the building is that …

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Tucson homes designed and built by architect David Tyson

David Tyson Architect of Desert Contemporary Homes

About David Tyson’s work David Tyson was an architect who designed beautiful, quality, contemporary residential and commercial buildings throughout Tucson. His work is easily recognizable with the use of massive rectilinear horizontal roof-lines (sometimes with recessed geometric patterns), wood window framing, stucco construction, contemporary wood doors, interiors with natural stone materials, and a contemporary style …

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How to find the history of a house

11 Tips on How to Find the History of a House

Many people are curious about the history of their house. Who lived there? What did they do? How many owners have lived here before? Who was the builder? Who was the architect? But how exactly do you find the history of a house? Uncovering the house history can be similar to trying to research your …

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Casitas de Castilian - Bennie Gonzales designed condo community in Tucson

Casitas de Castilian – designed by Bennie Gonzales

About Casitas de Castilian neighborhood Casitas de Castilian (search homes currently for sale in the neighborhood) is a 120-unit condominium community set within 17-acres of grassy and mature landscape. The neighborhood is on the north side of Tucson, near Oracle Road and Orange Grove Road. The homes were designed by the award-winning Arizona architect Bennie …

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Arizona historic preservation conference - inside theater

The Importance of Preserving Historic Buildings

Nick and I just returned from the 2019 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference held in Prescott this year. It was our first time attending the conference and we were impressed by the knowledge of the dozens of presenters. The conference featured 2 full days of seminars with speakers from all over the state, as well as …

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Orchard River – Surrounded by Pecan Trees in the middle of Tucson

About the Orchard River Townhome Community Orchard River Garden Park is a unique townhome community nestled between Fort Lowell Park and the Pantano Wash in Tucson. The subdivision is east of Craycroft Road and north of Glenn Street. It occupies a former pecan orchard which provided an instant lush landscape and plenty of shade in …

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Burnt adobe home with a mountain view

Tom Gist – Builder of Tucson Mid-century Burnt Adobe Homes

Do you love the warmth of burnt adobe? Do you prefer the natural character of stained wood? Are you in love with anything vintage or mid-century? Are you looking for a house that feels at home in Tucson? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you’d probably appreciate a home designed and built …

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Tucson Inn designed by Anne Rysdale

Anne Rysdale: A Tucson Mid Century Architect

Anne Rysdale – One of the First Female Architects in Arizona Anne Rysdale was born in Detroit in 1920 and raised in Tucson. Rysdale attended Tucson High and the University of Arizona. She graduated from UA in 1940 with a degree in Engineering and Fine Arts, since UA did not have an architecture program yet. Later she moved …

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Tucson Barrio building near downtown

Tucson Barrio District building styles

Architectural Styles in the Tucson Barrio (1840 – 1900) Have you ever wondered about the different styles of architecture found in Tucson in the 19th Century to the turn of the 20th Century? What does Sonoran style architecture style mean? What’s the difference between it and Transformed Sonoran style? What about Territorial style, how does …

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