Nick Sakellar was a well-known architect who designed many recognizable Tucson buildings including the Wilmot Library, Catalina High School, Cholla High School, Arizona Trust Building, and the Tucson House.
A home he designed in the 80’s is currently listed for sale. The home is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath set on a 4.7 acre lot in the foothills of Tucson. This home is no longer listed for sale.
The Wilmot Library is probably Sakellar’s most well-known building. It was built in 1964 and utilized clerestory windows set high, with large overhangs that highlighted the horizontal roof lines. It featured large windows with wonderful views of lush landscaping. The Wilmot Library is currently undergoing a major renovation and addition that will include accessible bathrooms and 3500 additional square feet needed for the busy location. The award-winning building was once slated for demolition, but there was much lobbying within the architectural community to keep the structure intact. The renovation was designed by Nick’s son, Dino Sakellar, who was 13 when the library originally opened. The library is scheduled to re-open in late 2010.
This is the fifth in a series about homes for sale that were designed by important local architects. Next week will feature architect Ivan Sarkiss.