Architecture

Indian Ridge mid century modern home

Lusk Corporation built many great mid-century Tucson homes

Lusk Corporation: Building Mid Century Modern homes for the masses – 1950-1966 The Lusk Corporation, founded in 1950, was a Tucson-based developer/home-building company that was responsible for developing many unique, mid-century modern neighborhoods in Tucson. Although started in Arizona, the Lusk Corporation eventually developed neighborhoods in many states including Nevada, Texas, Indiana, Missouri, California, New Mexico, Illinois, and …

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Ralph Haver home in Tucson

Ralph Haver (AIA) – Tucson’s Mid-Century Modernist Architect for Everyone

This is the next in a series highlighting architects of note, who have worked in the Tucson area. This edition features Ralph Haver, AIA. Ralph Haver (AIA) was born in California and trained as an architect at USC Pasadena.  After serving in the military in WWII, he relocated to Phoenix, AZ to work with his brother …

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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). Take a look at this round house and garage, both designed by Ivan Sarkiss’ office. Sarkiss and …

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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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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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