The Restoration Process
December of 1979, the property had been in complete disuse for 6 years. Time and
vandalism had taken a serious toll. So much so, that most of our friends were
profoundly lacking in enthusiastic support for the task we had taken on. When
we would give a tour of the place and talk through our plans, our enthusiasm was
consistently dampened by polite silence or statements ranging from "are you
sure you want to do this?" to "you must have lost your mind!".
Nevertheless, we trudged on; doing most of the work we could (due to financial
limitations) by ourselves.
The most extensive damage was to the original adobe walls. Large breaches,
caused by rain water seepage, some as big as a double garage door, created daunting
challenges. In some cases, the structural integrity of the building was threatened.
Engineers were consulted and walls were rebuilt. The roof required total refabrication.
The vast majority of windows required reglazing. Extensive reworking of plumbing,
electrical and mechanical systems was required.
Significant effort was committed to "invisible" upgrades to the infrastructure
such as electrical, sewer, water service and other code upgrades required. Through
the years, other additional and improvements have been made. Kitchens and bathrooms
have been modernized. The front façade has been changed; the fountain courtyard
created; numerous landscaping changes along with exterior walls have been added.
The most notable change has been the 1994 addition of a large dining room and
All changes have been undertaken with the primary objective of preserving the
historic integrity of the buildings.
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Phoenix, AZ 85028
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