TMC’s Erickson Building receives Historic Preservation Award

erickson home 1946Just days after the new TMC Orthopaedic and Surgical Tower opened its doors; the historic Erickson Building on the TMC campus was recognized with a local Historic Preservation Award. This award, issued by the Tucson Pima County Historical Commission, recognizes organizations and individuals that make a commitment to restoring historic structures in Pima County.

The awards ceremony was held at St. Philips in the Hills Episcopal Church. Richard Prevallet, TMC vice president of facilities, attended the event with Mike Waters, TMC manager of facilities and construction, and Jon Daugherty, TMC facility project leader. “It was excellent to see partners Mike and Jon publicly rewarded for their involvement in this project.  They were the driving force behind the Erickson House restoration,” said Prevallet.

TMC conducted an assessment of structures on the TMC campus as part of the planned area development, and the Erickson Building was one of those identified as having historical significance and recommended for restoration. “When we started this renovation project, the condition of the building showed definite signs of wear. Restoration consisted of replacement of stucco, repairing walls and the roof, and extensive preservation of the exterior in order to protect the structure of the building,” said Prevallet. Erickson pic 7_2

The Erickson Building, which is located on the west side of the TMC campus and adjacent to the new Orthopaedic and Surgical Tower, was originally designed and built in the 1920s for Anna and Alfred Erickson. The Ericksons were instrumental in helping to establish the Desert Sanatorium which later became Tucson Medical Center.The Erickson House also became home to TMC President Emeritus Don Shropshire and wife during his team as chief executive beginning in the 1960s. “The Erickson House is engrained in the story of TMC, and the community is committed to keep the building here for many years to come,” said Prevallet.

The Erickson, Patio and Arizona buildings have been submitted to be put on the Federal National Registry of Historical Places. Now that the Erickson Building is complete, a study and scope of work is moving forward with restoring the Patio Building and then on to the Arizona Building.

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