Event Details

Location: Tucson, AZ

Cordially Invites You To


Friday, October 7th


Restoring a Tucson Treasure
I have heard about Bob Vint since I moved to Tucson.  Since 1988 he has been the architectural force behind the restoration of our beloved “White Dove of the Desert.”  This restoration of the historic mission of San Xavier del Bac is one of the great stories of Tucson. It captures the inspiration, determination, and vision that permeates the history of The Old Pueblo.  Our Speaker, Architect, Bob Vint, has been and is an integral player in this story.

The San Xavier del Bac Mission is one of Tucson’s most important, sacred, and historically meaningful buildings.  It is also the oldest European structure in Arizona.  Built in 1783, San Xavier stands as a living monument to our richly rooted past. To preserve this history, the structure has been subject to extensive restoration.  Bob is in charge of this intricate and complex process and will talk about the impact of the architectural work and teach us more about San Xavier’s history. He’ll share insight on the church’s design and how it has changed over the years. He will also discuss the unique challenges of restoring an historic structure and about restorations that are about to begin on the east bell tower.

Bob Vint is a native Tucsonan who has practiced as a licensed architect in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Massachusetts since 1986. In addition to his passion for historic restoration and his work at San Xavier, Vint also leads projects at the Sonoran Desert Museum, Linda Ronstadt’s Tucson Residence, and the Bisbee Central School. He is an adjunct professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Arizona. There he teaches Theory of Urban Design and Downtown Urban Design Studio courses.  Vint is also the author of a popular book on affordable housing in the Southwest, Southwest Housing Traditions: Design, Materials, Performance, by the Department of Housing & Urban Development.

2200 E Elm Street (between Campbell and Tucson Blvd)
Free parking across the street from the main entrance

When you RSVP, please tell us if you would prefer the vegetarian/vegan selection. Since this is a plated-luncheon, the main course for the attendees (including rolls, salad, dessert, and coffee or tea) will be the chef’s choice.
$30 at the door (cash or check)

Registration starts at 11:30 AM at The Arizona Inn (Tucson Room)
Lunch will be served at Noon
RSVP: To yaleclub.ariz@icloud.com by October 4th

Treat your reservation as a commitment and notify us if you are unable to attend.

Marianne Kaestle
Yale Club of Southern Arizona
Director of Communications
Marianne Kaestle