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Too bad the ruin was whittled down and moved; it looked so grand and sad sitting up on its hill alone.
You have to wonder what the City of Phoenix might have done had Mr. & Mrs. Boomer rebuilt the Pauson House, as they once considered. Would the house have been bulldozed, then, too, or would 32nd Street been curved around the new house. Either choice would have been disastrous .... and, of course we wouldn't now have the Boomer House.
https://i.pinimg.com/236x/2c/f9/db/2cf9 ... d1fde3.jpg
A novel view, in my experience . . .
This is a link to a sale of a painting she made titled "Alta Mesa Park After the Fire":
https://www.artisclass.com/product-page ... ose-parson
It would appear this image is Rose's interpretation of the aftermath of the 1943 fire at the Frank Lloyd Wright house.
A book is available by Aaron Green's son Allan about Rose's art :
https://www.amazon.com/Art-Rose-Pauson- ... 1320018629
...and don't forget Allan's book about the subject of this thread:
https://www.amazon.com/Building-Pauson- ... llan+Green
https://www.mesaparks.com/parks-facilit ... -mesa-park
Was the site of the Pauson house referred to as Alta Mesa---not to be confused with the Alta Vista development located on the site now ?
I’m not certain Rose would have travelled from San Francisco to Phoenix amid wartime travel restrictions to visit the ruin...this may have been her mind’s eye view of what she had been told of. Much of the work I have seen by Rose is bucolic landscapes...this image is bleak and dark. Possibly indicative of a personal loss?
Maybe Allan W. Green could chime in if he is still visiting Chat?
The name is mysterious, but I’m skeptical of it being related to a park in Mesa....as that park would have been developed as the suburban sprawl of Mesa obliterated the desert later in the century.