I've just discovered the MODERN PHOENIX web site and was really pleased to find this area for Mid-Century-Modern Lovers living in Tucson! My name is Joan Zatorski and my husband and I relocated to Tucson from Long Island, New York, with our four sons 15 years ago. We fell in love with Tucson, the Sonoran Desert and the southwest. We thoroughly embraced everything about life in the Old Pueblo and never expected another design aesthetic beyond Mexican/Country would ever captivate us. But that was before I wandered into a small, 100-house development on Tucson's northeast side, close to Sabino Canyon and discovered a small enclave of homes that had a "feel" vastly different from the McMansions and Hacienda-Wanna-Be's being reproduced across our desert. This little neighborhood, marked by small one-story homes set on equally small lots on beautifully curving streets with exquisite, matured desert plantings, has an interesting history (which I still only know in bits and pieces from conversations with older neighbors!) filled with the essentials of a compelling novel: a young architect and contractor with dreams of implementing a new artistic vision for homes who were determined to make it available to middle income buyers, their hopes dashed by poor timing and anxious bankers, and the resurrection of the house plans twenty years later! We grabbed the opportunity to purchase one of these small Tucson homes as soon as our family's size decreased (this is sometimes called "the empty nest syndrome"!) at the same time one of the houses was placed on the market. In the meantime, we used the ensuing time to learn about the style of the houses we'd come to admire (yep, no shock to all of you reading this, the homes fell into the "mid-century-modern" category!) and discover the names of the designers, architects and builders associated with the clean, horizontal lines, the thoughtful use of interior space, and the application of glass, stone, and light within the buildings.
We've been in our little m-c-m treasure for two years and have been attempting to (slowly!) renovate, clarify and restore the best the period's aesthetic has to offer while putting our personal imprint and interpretation on this house we hope will carry us well into our retirement years! I am comfortable to admit my novice status with this endeavor and am looking forward to tapping the resources available here at ModernPhoenix.
I look forward to hearing about the other Tucsonans who have embraced the mid century modern vibe!