I am unaware of where the "new" used Superlite block came from; however, I can tell you that the stucco columns that most people of recent times remember was part of an ill-conceived attempt to "spruce up" the house for sale following death of our mother in 1987. My younger brother did a number of things to make the place more attractive, obviously not aware of the architectural horror he embarked on.
Regarding the roofline, I must say that the flat roof became quite leaky and several attempts to patch it over the years finally led in frustration to putting a slight slope on the roof to get the water to run away.
The new owner is bringing some class back to the house in a number of ways; the new pool is spectacular. I am waiting to see what the final color scheme will be, since the original house shared the pink and purple "splendor", shall we say, of the Safari. Since the removal of lead from paint around 1979, the deep purple simply won't endure the Arizona sun. I don't mean to offend anyone but the beige makes the house look like it's in a body bag. There's a real opportunity here for someone to give it a new look vis a vis the colors of the house; and to landscape it in a fashion that respects the water use codes, and sustainable landscaping. The giant tiff green lawn should be gone forever.
Here is picture of the newspaper article from the Sun Living section of The Arizona Republic when the house was built. The photo of the port cochere gives a bit of the looks from the day, even in black and white.
I'm going to post this, it's been so long I've forgotten how to add a photo.
Never mind the T, the M is for Mark