The Lusk Corporation was the only builder in the country to receive the National Association of Home Builder Award of Merit for five consecutive years starting in 1954. Indian Ridge is unique in that it creates a sense of privacy through the use of cul-de-sacs, natural desert vegetation and careful planning of site orientation as stated from an article from the period "individuality is preserved by insuring that no identical homes in design and lot arrangement appear on the same street". The use of carports rather thanenclosed garages was both economical and a way of retaining some of the "neighborly openness" of the old front porch. Custom designed street signs and mailboxes are also found in most of the neighborhoods developed by Lusk.
The Indian Ridge neighborhood is a wonderful example of a mid century modern planned comminity built by the Lusk Corporation from 1955 to 1964. The homes were affordable, well built, modest in scale, most included fireplaces and with built in kitchen appliances. Their floor plans are balanced, open with flexable family areas - kitchen, dining, activity rooms, living rooms with very compact organization of the bedrooms and baths. The roofs are low-pitched with deep overhangs that provide passive solar orientation. Many ceilings are open to the underside of the roof with the gable end glazed above the line of the wall - this creates a level line accenting the top of the solidly built walls of either burnt adobe block or brick.
The Indian Ridge Historic District is a wonderful example of a mid century modern planned community built by the Lusk Corporation in Tucson Arizona from 1955 to 1964. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 16th, 2010.
Included in this website is information about the University Indian Ruins where the first residents of this ridge resided and how the neighborhood acquired its name.
Swim Team Season
Fourth of July Parade
To share the history and information that was collected during the process to get the neighborhood listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
All content included in this website is for educational purposes only.