Before & After: A Tucson Midcentury Gets a Surgically Precise Revamp

Before & After: A Tucson Midcentury Gets a Surgically Precise Revamp

By Melissa Dalton
Paring back to just the essentials, Hazelbaker Rush’s treatment of this 1941 dwelling is a lesson in restraint.

Designed by prominent midcentury designer and builder John Joynt in 1941, this Tucson territorial-style home had retained much of its original charm. Aside from an efficient floor plan with a strong indoor/outdoor connection, its built-in shelves, beamed ceilings, concrete floors, and brick walls had all remained in place. "It has a lot of the choices and design moves that you would expect from a midcentury home," says architect Darci Hazelbaker of local firm Hazelbaker Rush, who took an almost surgical approach to carefully remove any elements that obscured the original design.

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