I went looking for the Ponds Mansion (of cold cream fame and fortune) once again and finally found it nestled back among the trees. I've passed this area many times and had no idea that such a beautiful place existed.
About the only information I can find is this quote from an article about author Harold Bell Wright, a close neighbor: "...Then in 1934, Florence Pond decided to build a mansion on the north side of Speedway across from the Wright home. This house, named Stone Ashley, was completed in 1936 and contained a driveway lined by a long double row of Italian cypress trees, something the desert-loving author probably would have abhorred..." Tucson Weekly article by James L. Sell "The Novelist Who Shaped a City."
Today if you walk up to the front door you see the name Mountain Oyster Club on the door. There are also offices and businesses in the surrounding complex. The Stone Ashley Restaurant also exists here but is it now defunct? When I peeked in the back of the building I could see table with white tablecloths but no mention of the restaurant name.
Does anyone know more about this building's history?