For the last 35 years the Arizona Opera League-Tucson has been opening to the public some of the most striking homes in the region, all to benefit of the Arizona Opera and its art education programs.
This year’s “Shades of Green” theme is expressed in eight homes on two consecutive Saturdays, March 21 and March 28. All the homes feature sustainable elements as well as beautiful designs.
On Saturday, March 21, houses in the Catalina Foothills will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The houses include:
‘The Finger Rock House’
The outer walls of this modern home blend in with the desert floor. Solar electric, water and pool heating are all part of the design for this home.
Cathy and Rick Rosenberg
Each of the homeowners’ children participated in designing their bedrooms and bathrooms using recycled material, bamboo flooring and gently used furniture.
The unique design of the home begins with the weathered-steel revolving door at the corner of the house that ushers you into a large, cool, partially shaded entry space, designed in keeping with the natural ramadas built in old Tucson from ocotillo stalks.
This Spanish-colonial style home was built in 2006, and showcases environmentally conscious construction and power usage.
On Saturday, March 28, houses in Tucson Mountain Reserve and the Catalina Foothills will be opened from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The homes include:
Gail Smith and Leonard Cohen
When physicians Gail Smith and Leonard Cohen moved to Tucson in 2002, they were interested in building an environmentally conscious home in the desert. They focused on water conservation and solar-water heating.
Margo and Jerry Estruth
Completed in January 2008, this house has been certified by Tucson Electric Power as energy efficient for the next 10 years. It has centrally controlled lights and temperature control.
Lisette Wells-Makovic and Matt Makovic
This Sonoran Tuscan Villa is the private home of Matt Makovic and Lisette Wells-Makovic. Matt designed the home and its many unique features, directing artisans in the creation of exquisite stonework and finely wrought iron detail, rarely seen nowadays.
Lynn and John Kline
This Tuscan-inspired home has thick exterior walls, energy-efficient windows and doors, and Energy Star appliances and low-flow toilets conserve power and water.
• Tickets cost $30 for one day, $50 for both; students pay $10 per day. For more information, go online to www.azopera.org. Click “Get Involved” and then “Special Events.”