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The Corner of First Street and Tyndall, 1905, cont.

Grading First Steet, looking west toward Euclid with the Tucson Mountains in the background.
Grading First Steet, looking west toward Euclid with the Tucson Mountains in the
background. In the foreground is the dark volcanic stone wall that was in front of the
Byrd Brooks home. This particular wall was in place from the alley to Tyndall. The
duplex was demolished in 1990 for construction of an apartment house. TKM FB
Compare to this 2007 view of the corner of 1st and Euclid PPS

Land elevation is a factor to consider when choosing a site for a building. High areas that are not subject to flooding are a good location for a building; That is why Louise Foucar chose land along First Street. It is also interesting to note almost all her buildings faced south or east and toward the University.

If you look at the height of the retaining walls on lots with original buildings on them, you can get an idea of the elevation. Originally in the middle of the blocks between First Street and Speedway, there was an arroyo running from Olive Road to First Avenue, First Street was on higher ground.

The Byrd Brooks' stone house.
The Byrd Brooks' stone house. He was city treasurer, then a banker, the family lived there half
a century. By 1908 Louise Marshall was supplying the family with water. Since the pipe for the
Santa Catalina apartments went right by the house it was easy to do. The last use was for a
fraternity. TKM

Brick homes at 1011 and 1017 Tyndall, about 1910.
Brick homes at 1011 and 1017 Tyndall about 1910. The Sigma Nu fraternity will be to
the right. All were replaced by an apartment; their address is now 1011 North Euclid.
To the right on the horizon a white building, Whitwell Sanatorium, can be faintly seen. TKM

Whitwell Sanatorium at the corner of Adams Street and First Avenue.
Whitwell Sanatorium at the corner of Adams Street and First Avenue. By 1924 it was
the Tucson Arizona Sanitorium. In 1928 it was the Southern Methodist Hospital and
my birthplace. Mother said since I was the only baby in the nursery during the ten days
we spent in the hospital, there was no possibility of bringing home the wrong baby. TKM

The former Whitwell Sanatorium is now an apatment building. Photo Patricia Stephenson, 1990
In this 1990 photo, the hospital is now an apartment building. PPS

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