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Joesler & Murphey: An Architectural Legacy for Tucson (lecture)

Date: June 1, 2010

Times: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location:   Special Collections

Contact: Paula Wolfe

Cost: Free


The University Libraries’ special summer exhibit Josias Joesler: Tucson Architect celebrates the eclectic vision and historical contributions of one of Tucson’s most celebrated architects. An opening lecture this evening from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. titled Josias Joesler & John W. Murphey: An Architectural Legacy for Tucson by UA architectural scholar R. Brooks Jeffery will examine the relationship between Joesler and his patron. The book “Josias Joesler & John W. Murphey: An Architectural Legacy for Tucson” will also be available for purchase and light refreshments will be served at the lecture.

Jeffery has described Joesler as “an architectural linguist.” Joesler blended many contemporary and revival styles such as Spanish Colonial and Pueblo Revival as well as Swiss, Tudor, Greek, Italianate, Art Deco and Art Moderne. His buildings were marked by wrought ironwork, decorative glazed and unglazed tiles, ceiling beams, wall niches, stained concrete floors, hand-carved wooden doors and his signature “wind flags” which resembled weather vanes. Some of the notable structures he designed in Tucson are St. Philip’s In the Hills Episcopal Church, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, and Broadway Village Shopping Center.

See the Special Collections' summer hours schedule to plan your visit to see the exhibit.