Ubiquitous Tucson ranch houses gain historic cachet
By Tom Beal
ARIZONA DAILY STAR
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 02.17.2008
Tucson grew up, or rather out, after World War II as the desert was carved into lots and filled with houses that, by and large, had the same basic design.
Pour a rectangular slab, sometimes deviating into an L or a U. Stack some block or brick for walls. Cover it and the attached carport with a low-slung roof built atop wooden beams or trusses.
Call it a "ranch" — a type of residential construction developed in California that swept across the country as a newly mobile middle class created American suburbia.
The ranch had big windows front and back, often with sliding-glass doors inviting an outside-living style. It had a rambling, adaptable interior.
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