Juan's House Site #18

Juan Xavier, builder of this house, was born in 1898 on the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation to the west of Tucson. He served as a tribal leader, and worked as a cowhand and welder before he came to Fort Lowell. Shamanistic powers were attributed to him and some say he could take the forms of an owl, wolf or horse. He built several of the outdoor patios and adobe fireplaces in the neighborhood; he inspired writers, including e.e. cummings, with narrations of tribal tales; and he guided artist Ted DeGrazia on yearly treks to the Superstition Mountains in search of treasure. He died here in 1975.