The Manning House as it looked circa 1940 in Tucson. The house was built more than 100 years ago for entrepreneur Levi Manning of stuccoed brick on a rock foundation. With 12,000 square feet, it housed the Manning family and their servants.
Howell Manning Sr. was the son of Levi and Gussie Manning. The photo was likely taken in the 1920s.
Gussie Manning, wife of the original owner, commissioned a leading Mexican-born artist, Salvador Corona, to paint frescoes in the building's south rotunda. The frescoes feature exotic birds and floral designs in pale blue, gold and silver hues, and the artwork still remains today.
Inside the Manning House, circa 1940, in Tucson.
Inside a Manning House bedroom.
The Manning House was the scene of many parties when Clare Schnaufer lived there until her marriage in 1948. This photo was taken sometime around 1940 in Tucson.
Inside the Manning House, circa 1940 in Tucson.
The Manning House had many amenities for its time, including a stable and the city's first private swimming pool. When Claire Schnaufer grew up there in the 1930s and 1940s, ÒWe had an Arabian stallion over there, a horse, a cow, chickens and peacocks. We had palm trees, cottonwood trees and…