Experiencing Great Architecture and Creative Built Environments

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Mission San Xavier del Bac (1797)

Construction believed to have begun in 1783, and completed in 1797.

Tucson AZ

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Visited November 15 2014

I almost didn’t venture down to this old Mission while I was visiting Tucson, but I am so glad I did. This mission is not only striking from the exterior, but the interior is an amazing display of dramatic, colorful and in some cases astonishing sculptures, paintings, frescos, moldings, carvings, and relics. The Nave and side chapel walls are saturated with these elements. The daylight coming through the dome windows and the hundreds of prayer candles creates a truly religious experience.

Mission San Xavier del Bac Website

While visiting the area I stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Resort

South Mountain Community Library (2012)

Richärd + Bauer Architecture – Architects

South Mountain Community College, Phoenix AZ

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Visited November 16, 2014

In a search for notable architecture in the Tucson and Phoenix, I came across the architecture of Richard + Bauer Architecture. The more I investigated their work, the more of their projects I put on my list to see. I visited 4 of their projects in my short time in Arizona, and was very impressed in their work. Take a look at this library in Phoenix, and their other projects in Tucson. Here are the links to the other projects I visited:

Meinel Optics

Tree-Ring Building

Quincie Davis Branch Library

They were all interesting in their own way, and well worth a visit.

 

While in the area I stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Resort

Quincie Davis Branch Library (2005)

Richärd + Bauer Architecture – Architects

1585 E. 36th Street, Tucson AZ

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Visited November 15 2014

This branch library with it’s dramatic entry roof is an interesting composition sited on a nondescript corner south of the University. The exterior is where the most fun is if you are an architectural purist. The interior unfortunately has been “junked up” with all manner of taped up signs, papers, banners and assorted decorations – which of course is their prerogative as it is their building. I just wish I could have experienced the interior space before it obtained the “lived-in” look. There is an enclosed courtyard on the north side of the building.

The jutting angular roof form, the rounded courtyard fence, the rusted metal paneled box and the red accent wall are all put together brilliantly.

While in the area I stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Resort

Tree-Ring Building (2013)

Richärd + Bauer Architecture – Architects

Officially the Bryant Bannister Tree-Ring Building on the University of Arizona Campus, Tucson AZ

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Visited November 15, 2014

The University of Arizona webpage on the Building

While visiting the area I stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Resort

Meinel Optical Sciences Building (2006)

Richärd + Bauer Architecture – Architects

University of Arizona Campus, Tucson AZ

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Visited November 15, 2014

College of Optical Sciences webpage on the Building

While Visiting the area I stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Resort

Pima County Courthouse (1930)

Roy Place, Architect

115 N. Church Street, Tucson AZ

 

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Visited November 15, 2014

While visiting the area I stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Resort

The White House (1792-)

James Hoban Architect

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC

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Visited October 4, 2014

I was in DC one night for work and was able to walk to the White House at least. I hope to go back and take photos of all of the National Architectural Treasures.

While in DC I stayed at the Donovan House, and dined at Zentan.

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