Tucson Lifestyle Home and Garden April 2014 : Page 27

I TucsonLifestyle.com It was a blank wall that did it. A blank wall and an eye-popping piece of art. When Susan and Appy Chandler were touring properties for sale in Tucson, a historic home near the Arizona Inn stood out. Although the property posed challenges — such as a dysfunctional layout, and years of unchecked flora growth — there was one thing that spoke to them. It was a long bare wall in the living room. Five years earlier, the Chandlers had bought a large triptych — a panel painting by Santa Fe artist Sheila Keefe, nationally recognized for her Christian iconography. Striking as it is, the artwork was not easy to display. It had remained in storage while the Chandlers figured out what to do with it. “One of the selling points for me about this house was that this piece could go right on that wall,” says Susan, nodding to the location that meets visitors when they enter the living room. Being able to place art was important for the Chandlers in choosing their second home, where they hoped to eventually retire. Both are collectors — Southwest, spiritual and art collected during travels, particularly Africa. Another requirement was that they be able to walk and bike to places, so this established, central neighborhood seemed ideal. “The bones of the house were great,” says Susan of the 1940 home that sits on approximately an acre of land. The Chandlers faced an ambitious remod-el, but fortunately they had experience. They had both been married before. Appy — full name Alfred duPont, the son of business historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning Alfred D. Chandler Jr. — had family property deep in the Great Marsh of northeastern Massachusetts. Susan had grown up in Oklahoma City, then moved to Texas before moving to New York City for seminary. The two met in Israel in 2000 and married a year later. It was then they began to build their first house on a tidal island in Rowley, Massachusetts. Designing a new home can be a strain on any leFT a triptych panel painting by Santa Fe artist Sheila keefe is the focal point of Susan and appy chandler’s living room. aBoVe The original custom steel-and-glass table was designed by architect Bil Taylor of Taylor Design + Build. T ucson Lifestyle HOME & GARDEN / april 2014 27

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