When former homeowner and landscape designer Ann Hunt visited this Arthur T. Brown house in Tucson, Arizona with her partner Charlene Grabowski, they quickly decided to buy and restore it. “The house was in quite ill repair, but I didn’t exactly notice that,” Anne says, “I noticed the windows and how wonderful it was.”
This brought on a months-long process to restore the Arthur T. Brown house. Brown was a pioneer in passive solar architecture and he built the home with a thick tongue-and-groove ceiling that now desperately needed help.
“That’s when we found out how thick the ceilings were and that the tongue and groove ceilings were actually the roof,” Anne says. They put a new reflective roof on the home and fully restored the existing tongue-and-groove panels. “Once we got them cleaned up and sealed, they were beautiful,” she says.
Updates To The Restored Arthur T. Brown House
Since the original front doors were old and waterlogged, Anne chose to install new ones and paint them a light blue, but not before she removed and kept the ornate wooden panels from the originals. She considered adding those panels to the new doors, but ultimately opted against it. When they sold the house to their close friends in 2016, the panels stayed with the home.
“I found some things out in the garage that were original to the house and brought those in and used them in various places,” says current homeowner Lynn Tarrence who, along with her husband Dan, purchased the home from their friends Anne and Charlene in 2016.
Two lamps Lynn discovered in the garage sit on a table in the entryway; they’ve been restored and re-laced to add the perfect touch to the welcoming space that Lynn, an interior designer herself, has filled with vintage pieces.
“I attribute the original vision to Anne, to be able to walk in to that dark, all carpet, vertical blinds covering all the floor to ceiling windows, and not run out the door the other way,” Lynn says. This restored Arthur T. Brown house wouldn’t be the same without her.