Two significant modern homes in the Tucson, AZ region have recently received official recognition as historic landmarks. Due to an increase in population growth in the mid twentieth 20th century, Tucson saw a correlated rise in construction during that time. Now, thanks to organizations such as Tuscon Preservation Foundation, they are beginning to receive the attention and recognition that they deserve. In 2021, both the Beck House, designed by John H. Beck, and Viewpoint/Johnson House, designed by Judith Chafee, were designated as local landmarks.
In December 2021, the City of Tucson Mayor and Council unanimously voted to designate the John Beck House, a city landmark as part of the City of Tucson Historic Landmark program. These designations are intended to ensure the preservation of significant historic and archaeological resources, and to keep them in active use or management in their historic appearance, settings, and locations. The designation is a zoning overlay that places restrictions on the property that protect it and require approval from the mayor and council for future demolition.
Designed in 1959 by Architect John Beck as his own home and constructed in 1960 by local Tucson builder R. B. Taylor, it is a rare example of an International style residential home.