About the Calumet & Arizona Guest House
1906 noted Southwest architect Henry C. Trost designed a home
for the Joseph E. Curry family. Mr. Curry was chief clerk
for the Calumet & Arizona Mining Company. The "C&A"
subsequently acquired the house and, after altering it to reflect
an increasingly wealthy community, used it as their guest house
for visiting VIPs.
After passing through a few owners and many changes to meet
the needs of an always changing mining community, it became the
residence of the Timbers in 1977, and since that year they have
been conducting the careful restoration and enhancement of the
home and its grounds. Countless architectural details and
period furnishings are the result of a long ago art of craftsmanship
and sense of proportion, which are lost to us today.
The garden was at first intended to be only a beautiful frame
for a most extensive preservation and enhancement of an historic
home. However, its development has become a many year and captivating
project in its own right. Terracing, massive walls and rocks,
impart a bold three-dimensional texture to the grounds and compliment
the massive lines of the structures. Mostly lush desert flora
has been selected, to which our particular Southwest zone is
friendly, as well as suiting the home's Mission revival theme.
All of our rates include our full breakfast, cooked to order for each gues, and served in our elegant dining room. Guests may select from a menu which includes fresh fruit salad, juice, coffee, tea, milk, bacon, eggs, cottage fries, homemade granola, french toast made with homemade whole wheat bread, broccoli/cheese quiche, crepes filled with scrambled eggs topped with an Holandaise sauce, Eggs Benedict and homemade toast and jellies.
Our guest rooms are from normal (150 sq.ft.), to a very spacious
(500 sq. ft.). Period wallpaper adorns the walls and antiques,
from collectable grade to family heirlooms, to museum quality
are throughout the home and bedrooms.
The home was built just after the railroad arrived in Bisbee,
so materials could be more easily brought in from around the
country, choice materials otherwise rare in Bisbee before the
coming of the railroad: bathroom fixtures, door hardware, and
woods of different kinds- some finely crafted and finished- are
generously used as trim, flooring, wainscoting and cabinetry.
The old and curiously imperfect glass is prevalent, but also
there is some finely cut, beveled and leaded for ornamental purposes.
A coal fed boiler in the basement that served cast iron radiators
in all the rooms has been left as original as possible, but its
function has been superceded by modern central heating.
The areas common to all, i.e. apart from the private bedrooms,
are in the grand old way of spacious and numerous: living room,
music room, dining room, atrium, halls, landings, porches and
a woman's dream kitchen- large, attractive and a blend of the
old but yet with modern efficiency and convenience.
Evidently the home was always loved for what it was by its
previous owners, because almost all of its antique architectural
details had been carefully guarded and preserved. During the more than three decade process of modernization and renovation by its current owners, changes such as central heat and air conditioning, evaporative cooling and WiFi internet connections have been subtly incorporated into the home to make it more comfortable and convenient for guests.