Big & Small: The Ball-Paylore House Tour (Affiliate In-Person Event)

SUN 11/7/2021

9:00AM-4:00PM

LOCATION: The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures 4455 E Camp Lowell Dr, Tucson, AZ 85712 and Ball-Paylore House 2306 E. Waverly Tucson, AZ 85714

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures 4455 E Camp Lowell Dr, Tucson, AZ 85712

Ball-Paylore House 2306 E. Waverly Tucson, AZ 85714

The hexagonal Ball-Paylore House, built in 1952, embraced the trends of American modernism with a south-facing wall of glass built with experimental concepts embedded into the architectural design utilizing passive solar systems.

Commissioned by two young University of Arizona librarians, Phyllis Ball and Patricia Paylore, the small 1203 sq ft site-specific house was conceived to meet their needs, create a refuge in the desert, and bolster indoor-outdoor livability. Designed by master architect Arthur T. Brown, Fellow American Institute of Architects, and built by Robert Thomas, the house has become an icon of desert modernism.

Understated and plain from the street, the geometry of the house opens up as you enter the front door. The front facade, with a focus on privacy and minimal ornamentation, is characterized by an angular open carport, mortar-washed brick and windows set high between the beams at the ceiling. This creates a strong juxtaposition to the interior which is open and expansive with interactive glass window walls blurring the lines between the indoor and outdoor patios and yard. The geometry of the house creates a living room that wraps around the three-sided fireplace and into the kitchen with radiating beams that combine with the glass window walls to create a sense of space greater than the actual dimensions of the rooms.  In 2019 the iconic house was purchased by the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation and restored. 

Between 2020 and 2021 the house was miniaturized as part of a project of the Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures. This special one-day event will allow participants to visit both Ball-Paylore Houses. 

This event requires a general admission ticket to The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures or presentation of The Mini Time Machine Museum membership card at the Ball-Paylore House and provides limited special access to tour the property Sunday, November 7, 2021 - 9:00AM - 4:00PM

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