Cherry Valley Ranch home
The site of Cherry Valley Ranch has been a place of temporary respite, communal gathering, and harvesting since humans inhabited the Southwest. Acorns, horse nettle and bear grass continue to be harvested by many of the people who originally inhabited the land. This area also attracted East Coast settlers from the 1850’s: miners, travelers, ranchers and those seeking cures for respiratory illnesses in the pristine healthy air of the area. In the early 1900’s it also attracted Tucson residents who sought to escape the seasonal heat by building summer homes.
Cherry valley Ranch was established by Colonel William Bacon of Tucson. It was originally part of the large Daily Ranch and Kannally Ranch. Colonel Bacon imported the finest materials for the building of the main house. The doors are of mahogany and teak imported from Asia. The screens and door thresholds are brass, window seats oak and the walls are constructed of native granite quarried on the ranch grounds
The elegant, timeless simplicity of Cherry Valley’s main house may have been inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright with evidence of the southwestern style of Mary Coulter, designed with large windows for solar heating in the winter and thick walls, and overhangs for natural cooling in the summers. One cottage, Casa Cereza, is a refurbished artist's studio, and the other, Casa Junipero, was the home of the architect while he built the main house. It was later used as a guest cottage.