PORTFOLIOS 
1906 Territorial 
Owl's Club 
County Courthouse 
St Thomas Church 
De Concini Bldg 
Fertitta Residence 
Green Valley Library 
Water Tower 
Kwasman Residence 
Peninsula Hotel 
Private Residence 
Christie's Auction 
Cher Residence 
Wooley Residence 
Bisbee High School 
Micek Residence 
Miller Residence 
Lancashire Res 
Mozart Residence 
Assenmacher Res 
Weintraub Res 

 

 

1988 Deconcini Building
"Tucson, Arizona"

ARCHITECT: Seaver Franks Architects

 

 

In 1986, Robert Boucher collaborated with Mike Franks of Douglas Seaver and Associates in Tucson, Arizona, to create a facade for a modern office building. The concept addressed the use of a modern window wall grid system that provided a contemporary sense of space for its occupants but was grounded in masonry and wore a facade that tipped its hat to the regional traditions of the area.

The facade, as an original composition, continued the symbolic dialogue begun by Louis Sullivan in Chicago and carried on by Henry Trost in early Tucson. In this sense, it was a post-post modern building in that it was as intensely crafted as its inspirational predecessors.

Much of the traditional detailing of these early pioneers was reinterpreted by hands that had followed the original shapes in the restoration of the Owl's club. Murals, friezes, and Sullivanesque tiles were created afresh as a tribute to the knowledge gained and inspiration born through the preservation and understanding of earlier works.

Historic preservation not only restores buildings, it reawakens skills and crafts that seek their fortune again.

 

 
 Drawing of the Deconcini Law Offices

 

   

DETAILS OF THE CONSTRUCTION
AND DESIGN

The initial installation of castings delineate the perimeter of the facade so that the finish plasterers can use the tiles as a stop.

 

BACK AT THE STUDIO


The art is in the details.

 

The mural floats against the glass entry as a window to another world.

 



 

 



 

 

DETAILS OF ADDITIONAL PATTERNS AND CASTING


On the Lathe - Finish Sanding the mahogany pattern
(shown at right) for the facade crest.
 

 


Freize tiles made with MDF and mahogany


The Tree of Life


Conch at keystone


Model for the Sullivanesque seed pod capital
(feed me Seymour!)

 


Casting of scrolls at Pediment


Frieze Tile that was bent to fit
the curvature of the soffit
modeled in plastilina.
 


A-B-A Repeating pattern for the column tile (shown in cast stone with patina.)

 


Clay Patterns for custom tiles at the doorframe
 

 


Quatrefoil tile that clads base pier. 

 

 

FINIS 1988


Time to completion - 9 months

 

 

CREDITS
Melody Peters - Artist/Sculptor
Ted Breault - Artist/Sculptor
Tod Hoyer - Turnings
Mike Crumrine - Installation
Mike Franks - Architect