Up We Go: Restoring the Erickson Building’s Stateliness

A few steps away from the construction zone for the new TMC Orthopaedic and Surgical Tower is a charming two-story stucco and brick house.  Temporarily hidden behind a shroud of plastic sheets and scaffolding, the Erickson Building is filled with carved woodwork, balconies and history.

The Erickson Building, designed by architect Henry Jaastad, was built in the 1920s as a residence for a wealthy New York couple, Anna Edith Erickson and Alfred William Erickson. On this site, the Ericksons helped create the Desert Sanatorium, a tuberculosis treatment facility that eventually was donated to the community in the 1940s to become Tucson Medical Center.

Now, decades later, TMC has embarked upon extensive renovation projects for the Erickson Building and several other historic properties on the campus.  Significant tasks are now under way at the Erickson site, focused on stabilization and repair of the exterior of the building.  This phase of work, scheduled to finish by the end of the year, includes:

  • removal and replacement of stucco
  • removal of non-essential or period-incorrect appurtenances
  • structural repairs to walls and roof
  • revamp of existing grading to prevent water damage

One affirmative observer is Donald Shropshire, TMC president emeritus who lived in the Erickson home during part of his quarter-century tenure as TMC administrator.

“This building represents a major philanthropic act by Mrs. Erickson,” Shropshire said. “Because of her generosity, it stands as a very important building within the TMC campus.   I couldn’t live in it without feeling the presence of Mrs. Erickson.

“It’s more than a home.  It is a symbol of true community spirit and a substantial gift that has truly paid dividends for Tucson.” 

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