William F. Bray At the end of nineteenth and early half of the twentyish century enterprising architects established offices in dusty Tucson.

Tucson has had many architectural influences from different parts of the world and one of them traces his roots to England, although his work can be seen in California as well as Arizona.

Demion Clinco, president of the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, says William F. Bray's left an admirable imprint in the city.

Bray was born in England 1877 and moved to the United States in 1904.

After settling in California for a few years, he and his family eventually came to Tucson where he opened his own business.

"The largest concentration of known Bray's work can be found in Menlo Park," Clinco says.

"His architecture demonstrates not only a sophisticated stylistic balance, but also an adaptation of the bungalow form to the arid Sonoran climate. Bray masterfully used large decorative attic venting to create air circulation," Clinco adds.

Bray sold his Tucson home in 1922 and the family moved back to California.

"The date and location of William F. Bray's death remains unknown but his impact on Tucson's residential architecture remains evident in the neighborhoods he help create," Clinco says.