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Tucson's Historic Architecture, Streetscapes, and Landscapes

Notable Architects in Tucson, 1900-1975 (10.6 KB)

Tucson is home to a wide array of architect-designed civic, commercial, and residential buildings. Click the link to learn more about some of the architects that helped influence Tucson's architectural heritage.

   
A Guide to Tucson's Historic Neighborhoods (3.46 MB) provides an overview of Tucson's development over time as represented by the architecture in our local historic neighborhoods.  Descriptions and depictions of 23 exemplary architectural styles, as well as brief histories of 27 historic neighborhoods, are included and the map provides users the ability to tour the areas on their own.

To obtain print copies, please contact the Blenman-Elm Neighborhood Association Guide Distribution Committee at (520) 326-1632 or BENAGuide@gmail.com.

   
Historic Architecture of Downtown Tucson (16.3 MB)

This National Register Multiple Properties Documentation Form provides historic contexts for individually listed properties in Downtown Tucson related to one or more identified contexts: Planning and Development in Tucson, 1775-1936 and Architecture in Tucson, 1896-1935.

   
Architecture of the Modern Movement in Tucson, 1945-1975 (DRAFT) (548 KB)

This document is a context study of modern architecture in Tucson, Arizona built between 1945 and 1975. The document encompasses commercial, institutional, and residential buildings that were designed as part of the Modern Movement.

   
Tucson Post-WWII Residential Subdivision Development, 1945-1973 (4.43 MB)

Tucson's population boom after World War II was accompanied by new architectural styles and construction techniques which now represent a significant portion of our community's historic fabric.  This report, completed in 2007, summarizes these trends and includes typologies of Tucson's post-War residential architecture and landscaping.

Report (4.43 MB)

Maps (2.2 MB)

   
Tucson Health Seekers Architecture (22 MB)

Listed January, 2013

As early as the 1880s, Arizona was a popular destination for Easterners suffering from pulmonary and respiratory diseases. After World War I and continuing into the late 1920s, however, Tucson became the prime destination for those suffering from respiratory ailments such as tuberculosis. It was during this time that doctors commonly prescribed Tucson’s dry climate and plentiful sunshine as curative. In Tucson, tuberculosis not only impacted town planning, but it also influenced local architecture and the kinds of sanatoria created to meet the needs of the sick. Tucson's historical sanatoria architecture and tuberculosis-related properties include tent cities, homesteads, hospitals, convalescent homes, and boarding houses. Tucson Health Seekers Multiple Properties Documentation Form (22 MB) and Tucson Health Seekers Architectural Drawings (24.7 MB).
   
Historic Miracle Mile: Tucson's Northern Auto Gateway (3.33 MB)

This historic context study was developed in 2009 as a resource for the Oracle Area Revitalization Project. Over 160 non-residential properties within the project area were evaluated, and a period of significance—1920 to 1973—was identified for this historic corridor.

   

The Neon Pueblo (2.77 MB)


The Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, with support from the Arizona Humanities Council, produced this award-winning driving guide to Tucson's midcentury vintage advertising.

   

Downtown Historic Streets


The stories behind the changing names of downtown streets tell the history of early Tucson

   

El Tiradito Shrine (Historic American Landscape Survey (1.21 MB)

El Tiradito Shrine was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 and is significant for its role in the development of Hispanic folklore and folk customs that developed in what is now the American Southwest. This Historic American Landscapes Survey won an award from the National Park Service in 2012.

   

Arizona Inn (Historic American Landscape Survey) (1.41 MB)

The Arizona Inn was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1988 and is significant for its association with Isabella Greenway, Arizona's first female congresswoman, and its embodiment of Pueblo and Spanish Colonial revival architecture as designed by noted local architect, Merritt Starkweather. This Historic American Landscape Survey won a national award from the National Parks Service in 2013.

   

Emerging Desert Landscape in Tucson (1.72 MB)


This 1989 article published in the journal Geographical Review describes the historical evolution of Tucson’s urban vegetation.