The Rubenstein-Saliman home was designed by architect William Wilde in 1955. It is one of the few remarkable mid-century homes in tucson. It was featured on the 2015 Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation's Tucson Modernism Tour on October 4. I was asked to renovate the landscaping.
Here are the before and after photos. I want to thank all of the volunteers and sponsors who helped make this transformation possible:
Civano Nursery, Mesquite Valley Growers, Santa Rita Landscaping, John Trang, Michael Kubanda, Joseph DiMeglio, Suzanne Hodges, Charlie Hodges,
Pat Lavery, Terry Lavery. Most of all I want to thank Jean Saliman for trusting me to make changes to her peaceful gardens and being so enthusiastic with her praise and gracious during all the disturbance over the past several weeks. It is a joy to know her. She is a gem!
William Wilde and his wife Sylvia moved to Tucson shortly after WWII. Wilde was a master at detailing, and nowhere is this more evident than in this home. The house is characterized by large panes of frameless glass, glu-lam beams, and red brick and bright colors. An entry pergola continues into the interior of the house and through to the backyard. Wilde took great efforts to connect the indoors to the exterior; this was true even in the master bath, where a terrazzo tub blends seamlessly with a fish pond on the adjacent patio. The use of concrete pillars in pink contrasting the turquoise trim inside and out adds a sense of fun to the home and gardens. The moveable panels in the back are an interesting focal point and support for the pergola. For photos of the interior, please go to amelialavery.com.