Tucson shows it colors

Tucson shows it colors

The bright, bright blue of the sky is the best color you'll see in Tucson, but many buildings in the heart of the city use bold color to grab attention.

My favorite buildings aren't painted but rather use oxide pigments in the stucco or plaster. It's easy to spot buildings cloaked in this integral color because they appear to have depth and softness. The color of a painted building is uniform. With integral color, there are slight variations based on how much and how well the oxide was mixed into the stucco.  Integral color doesn't fade so much in the sun.

 What is your favorite color combo? Please share a photo.

It's hard to grow a garden of showy flowers in the desert, so maybe we use buildings as a substitute. Think roses and peonies.

The man who designed Broadway Village and St. Philip's and St. Michael churches got his start here.

The man who designed Broadway Village and St. Philip's and St. Michael churches got his start here.

The stone age survives in Tucson

The stone age survives in Tucson