Standing out as one of the most significant examples of mid-century modern architecture in Arizona, the iconic Ball-Paylore House is now available to rent.
Located in Tucson’s charming Catalina Vista neighborhood, the historic 1,200-square-foot home was originally commissioned in 1952 by University of Arizona librarians Phyllis Ball and Patricia Paylore.
Architect Arthur T. Brown, who was known as “Tucson’s pioneer of solar design,” designed the post-war home featuring two bedrooms and a shared bathroom based on a geometric hexagon that reveals dramatic angles throughout the space. Outdoors, two large sun awnings are mounted onto moveable casters to cool the south-facing floor-to-ceiling windows from the desert heat.
From the expansive patio outside to the original modernist furniture inside, guests will truly feel as if they are transported back in time, while modern life, including the university, shopping and other city attractions, is just a stone’s throw away.
The Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation acquired the house in 2019, which is available to rent starting from $250 per night.