Architecture

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 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 M. Gonzales and built by developer Kenneth Kamrath …

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Stone Arts and Crafts home designed by Arthur Heineman in 1908

Arts and Crafts home in Tucson, Take a look!

Take a look at this fantastic example of an Arts and Crafts home for sale right here in Tucson. Pasadena architect Arthur Heineman designed the home constructed in 1908. Stonework and shake shingle siding make up the exterior of the bungalow home. The stone was probably mined from the nearby quarry at the base of …

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University Heights School designed by Henry Jaastad was converted to apartments many years ago

Henry Jaastad – Architect and Tucson Mayor

Henry Jaastad was an important local figure in the early 20th century for 2 main reasons. One, he was a prominent Tucson architect, designing about 500 buildings in Tucson and throughout Southern Arizona, literally shaping the appearance of area. Secondly, he became influential in local politics with a long career as a Tucson Mayor and …

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Spanish Colonial Revival style Safford School designed by architect Annie Rockfellow, working for Henry Jaastad in 1917 in Tucson's Armory Park neighborhood.

Annie Rockfellow: A Master of Spanish Revival Architecture

Chances are, you haven’t heard of Annie Graham Rockfellow. Somehow, Arizona’s first female architect got pushed aside in local history for several decades. So, who is she? Annie Rockfellow was the first woman to study architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one year after they allowed women to enroll. After working back east for several …

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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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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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