Message #38 From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG To: "'Matthias Giessler'" Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 12:00:00 -0700 Subject: Tucson Developer To Preserve Historic Buildings [ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] : 01-29-98 0307 EST TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) A developer has agreed to preserve two historic buildings designed by one of Tucson's pioneer architects. At issue were a mud adobe building and one of burnt adobe designed by the late Josias Joesler nearly 60 years ago. Their site is part of what is to be an upscale shopping and office complex in the Catalina Foothills development. On Tuesday, developer Ron Scholl announced he was abandoning plans to demolish at least one and maybe both buildings since Pima County had agreed to waive some requirements. The county recently had nominated both buildings for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Preservation activists had opposed their destruction. "I think we reached a workable conclusion to what was a problem," said Linda Mayro, the county's cultural resources manager. "Demolition of these kind of buildings is never acceptable." One building once was Joesler's studio, the other once was the home and studio of artist Hutton Webster. They are across the street from St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church, designed by Joesler and his developer partner John Murphey. "We do understand the ambience of the area, and quite frankly, that's why we bought the property," Scholl said after Tuesday's meeting. He said the building Joesler used will become the center's showcase, serving as an entry point, and that he's trying to get the Joesler family's permission to name the complex after the architect.