Historic Ball-Paylore House


Entire home hosted by Tucson Historic

  1. 4 guests
  2. 2 bedrooms
  3. 2 beds
  4. 1 bath
Designed by
Arthur Brown
Featured in
Dwell, January 2020
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The Ball-Paylore House is captivating - offering guests a true Tucson mid-century modern experience. A stay in the Ball-Paylore lets you step back in time. Widely published, the 1200 sq. ft, two bedroom architectural landmark has been named one of the most significant examples of Modern Architecture in Arizona. Centrally located within the Historic Catalina Vista neighborhood, the property is close to the UofA and major attractions, entertainment and shopping.

The space
In 1952, librarians Phyllis Ball and Patrica Paylore commissioned legendary Tucson architect Arthur T. Brown to design a bespoke, one-of-a kind home. One that embraced the tenets of the modern movement, responded to the environmental conditions of the Sonoran Desert and offered both beauty and function.

The result was an architectural masterpiece - considered one of the most important buildings of Brown's design career. The avant-garde design of this noted and forward-thinking project embraced geometry and siting to create a pioneering and early passive solar home. The south facing floor-to-ceiling windows shed light on the authentic mid-century interior. Bold original colors are punctuated by pale wood finishes and earth toned polished concrete floors. The primary living areas radiate off the central fireplace - like the petals of a flower. The dark colors of the bedrooms, with sloped low beam ceilings, create intimate and comfortable spaces.

This significant historic property was purchased at the end of 2019 and meticulously restored by Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation. The property retains its classic charm. The 1200 sq. ft. architectural plan is based on the geometry of the hex - featuring two bedrooms plus a shared bathroom. Much of the original modernist furniture by George Nelson for Herman Miller and custom Tucson furniture maker John Kelso are extant. Recent upgrades have introduced contemporary amenities - including air conditioning and wireless high speed internet. Each bedroom features a TV, and Tuft and Needle mattresses.

Step back in time. Spend easy afternoons reclined in a chaise lounge on the “revolving terrace,” or enjoy the Tucson weather as the sun sets over the Tucson Mountains. Take shelter from the mid-afternoon days while relaxing in the bright sitting areas. Experience 1950s Tucson.

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What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Central air conditioning
Private patio or balcony
Hair dryer

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5.0 out of 5 stars from 25 reviews


Where you’ll be

Tucson, Arizona, United States

Centrally located, the property is tucked in the picturesque mid-century modern neighborhood of Historic Catalina Vista. Near the Arizona Inn, University Medical Center Tucson - Banner, restaurants, and the University of Arizona campus the property is just a mile from the eastern terminus of the modern streetcar line which runs through Tucson’s most iconic shopping and entertainment districts: 4th Avenue, Downtown and the Mercado. The Ball-Paylore House is perfect for weekends exploring the legacy of Tucson’s architectural heritage or extended stays immersing yourself into the cultural traditions of the region.

Hosted by Tucson Historic

  1. Joined in January 2020
  • 25 Reviews
  • Identity verified
  • Superhost


  • Michael
  • Demion
  • Patricia

During your stay

We personally greet you for check-in and to introduce you to Ball-Paylore House. Should any issues arise during your stay, we will be there only as needed.

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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 4:00 PM
Checkout: 10:00 AM
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

Airbnb's COVID-19 safety practices apply
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

Cancellation policy