Modern architecture, like gold and a good chicken-fried steak, is where you find it.
A few years back the Modern Architecture Preservation Project of Tucson (MAPP) put together a list called the Modern 50--essentially, Tucson buildings from 1945-1975 that Austin Powers would find yeah baby! and significant. This is #25, originally an addition to the State Hardware store, now vacant. It is slotted between a row of nondescript storefronts on Speedway and currently serves to set off the looming Animal Emergency Service sign. That's not a dig. When you need a vet, you need a vet, and modern aesthetics be damned.
In 1963, architect William Wilde tossed aside tradition and fashioned a "spectacular, sculpted, S-shaped undulating roof" and that earned him a place on MAPP's hit parade. You have to peek through the window to appreciate the undulation, but it's there. The photo doesn't do justice to what MAPP called a fine example of modern "structural exhibitionism." The better angle was the reverse of this, but the sun wasn't cooperating. I backed up to within a foot of Speedway and got a blaring horn for my efforts. Dressed appropriately, Wilde's building could serve as a groovy '60s throwback establishing shot, but you've got to squint to see it.
I'm working my way through the Modern 50 list and will update with cogent posts as I go.