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Simple and inexpensive details, such as the meandering parapet and the tiny espadaña and belfry at center, transform this diminutive Tucson cottage dating from 1927 into a gem of Pueblo Revival design.  The espadaña, or curvilinear gable, was an enormously popular Mission Revival motif stemming directly from Spanish Colonial mission churches.  The detail became increasingly familiar to the public following the restoration of such landmark mission churches as the Alamo, which was acquired by the State of Texas as a historic site in 1883, and California’s Mission San Carlos Borroméo del Carmelo, whose restoration was begun the following year.  Inexpensive to build, and often embellished with a quatrefoil window inspired by San Carlos Borroméo, the espadaña became a sort of contractor’s shorthand for Mission Revival design.  The paired rectangular attic vents surmounting each pair of windows are cleverly improvised from pieces of structural terra cotta, a hollow clay building block commonly used in commercial work of the period.  A buff-and-tan color scheme and a proliferation of succulents complete a classic Southwestern ensemble.