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Iconic Adobe

Author: Terri Feder
Issue: March, 2014, Page 184
Photo by David B. Moore


Nothing is more emblematic of the desert Southwest than the adobe home. Built of bricks composed of sand, clay, water and fibrous materials, such as straw, they are long-lasting and naturally cool, thanks to their thermal mass.

The adobe home pictured here—designed and built by the late cowboy artist Lon Megargee in 1926—boasts many characteristics of this iconic style of architecture. These include thick walls, overlapping, multi-hued clay roof tiles oozing with a hefty layer of mortar, wood lintels over deeply set windows, stone steps likely crafted of rocks from the property, a meandering flagstone pathway, and an array of cacti and potted plants.

To see more of this historic adobe, check out the July 2013 issue of Phoenix Home & Garden.
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