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.