With its rich history in mining and search for wealth, Southern Arizona is home to over 80 towns of the 1800’s (ghost towns). Each with its own history of determination, resilience and intrigue The Southwest lives on in spirit and beauty and the riches that attracted the settlers of the 1800’s.
The building aesthetics of historic southwest architecture are characterized by heavy stucco walls and pitched metal roofs.
This style evolved in the desert southwest in response to the local climate and available materials. Warm summers interrupted by torrential monsoon rains and winters that produce occasional snow, called for strong roof forms that readily shed precipitation and the high ceilings that encouraged passive ventilation and let hot air rise above the habitable space. The traditional, thick walls delayed the heat transfer of the day until the cool of night. In the winter, the walls radiated the gathered heat into the interior as the outside temperature fell.