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Each year Scottsdale Home Tours adds a little something special to the tour.

Often visitors have been provided with a small slice of Scottsdale history.  Last year, for instance, Cattletrack Arts Compound was one of the stops on the tour.  Visitors enjoyed mingling with the artists at the site that is on the National Register of Historic Places.

This year’s tour features the home of former Mayor Sam Campana who lives in the original ranch house of what was once a thriving 60-acre pecan farm.  Her home is within walking distance of the Cattletrack Arts Compound.

Sam’s home was built in 1951 when the city ended at Chaparral Road.  The city annexed the property in the 1960’s. There were two previous owners before she moved here three years ago with her dog, “Harold,” and her desert tortoise whom she rarely sees.

The home, which sits on a corner lot and is hidden by a wall, has been remodeled and expanded three times over the years.  The original stables that are located across a large courtyard from the house have been renovated into a casita where Sam’s extended family lives during the winter months.

Behind the casita is a large vegetable garden in which Sam takes great pride.  “I love my garden and working in it with my grandchildren and watching them harvest what they have planted,” she says. “I’m still an Idaho farm girl at heart and it’s special that I found myself living on an old pecan farm.”

History aside, Sam’s home is like an art museum.  Wonderful and spectacular art seems to be everywhere, from works by Phil Curtis to the silk screens of John Armstrong and much more, including rugs with designs by Frank Lloyd Wright and her grandmother’s collection of Fiesta Ware.

Visitors will find Sam Campana’s house an intriguing blend of Scottsdale history, contemporary art and a down-to-earth environment that makes her home a special stop on this year’s tour.

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