A Guide to Tucson Architecture
Tucson is a city rich in architectural heritage spanning three cultures, with a history of human settlement that makes it one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the United States. Hispanic barrios, American architectural forms, and remnants of a prehistoric Native American past give Tucson a unique and eclectic identity unlike any other city. This book is a comprehensive, richly illustrated guide to Tucson’s significant historic and contemporary architectural resources—not only buildings, but ruins, open spaces, landscapes, and other elements that define the city’s built environment. It captures all facets of Tucson’s architecture, from one-of-a-kind homes on Main Avenue and historic downtown buildings to destination resorts in the Catalina Foothills and other modern structures. In this book readers will find:
– walking and driving tours of fourteen areas, complete with maps, beginning with central neighborhoods such as Barrio Historico and Armory Park and moving on to the rapidly expanding outlying areas
– annotated descriptions of individual structures—residences, schools, churches, government buildings, offices, commercial establishments, and others—enhanced by more than 120 photographs
– profiles of prominent Tucson architects, including Henry Trost, Josias Joesler, and Judith Chafee
– a guide to architectural styles found in Tucson—with examples—and a glossary of terms. A Guide to Tucson Architecture is the only book to offer such an extensive guided tour of one of America’s favorite destination cities, capturing both its historic character and its dynamic growth. Through it, readers will appreciate the holistic balance of influences that has created Tucson’s unique architectural expression and that defines its modern identity.
"This long-awaited book will become the indispensable guide to Tucson architecture. . .The authors have provided a useful primer of important local architects and have meticulously cataloged the sweep of changing building forms, from Hohokam to Mexican to Victorian to Spanish Colonial Revival to modernist to today's plague of Taco Deco." Tucson Weekly"A fine volume written with the general reader in mind." Arizona Daily Star“This book opened my eyes to buildings that I’ve often passed but never really seen . . . . this guide is well worth checking out.”—SMRC Revista