In 1930, my father along with his brother, a pet monkey and a baby coyote, drove up into Oak Creek Canyon on one of the first motorcycles built by Harley-Davidson. They bought the property, which is now Forest Houses Resort, for $60.00 per acre and began building the Log House, their dreamed-about citadel in the woods. The Log House took three years to finish.
After the Second World War, Phoenix began to boom and Oak Creek canyon became known as a good place to visit. Dad, whose apprenticeship was a sculptor in stone, built the Rock house in 1946 as a trial rental balloon. By 1950, Oak Creek Canyon was on the map and Dad quit small sculpture for larger pieces in which people could live.
During the next ten years, five more houses were completed: The Studio – 1950, Diamond House – 1951, Creek House – 1952, The Chalet – 1954, and the Sycamore House – 1958. by 1960, Mom and Dad were ready for a change.
In 1961, having never sailed before, they bought a 38’ sailboat and took off around the world. This trip lasted 5 ½ years. Upon his return, Dad continued to create houses: in 1968 the Bridge and Trout Houses, The Barn in 1974 and the View House – 1978. He ran afoul of the newly created planning and zoning code and the Cloud House, which began in 1979, remained unfinished until 1985. It was his final project at Forest Houses Resort.
Mom and Dad currently live in Sedona and are still very active, holding court, issuing edicts and riding herd on the upcoming third generation.