City Historic Preservation staff works closely with City departments to assess, document, and appropriately treat significant historic buildings and archaeological sites affected by City projects. They provide training and information to City staff and the public about historic preservation laws, compliance procedures, rehabilitation standards, and financial incentives, and they conduct educational outreach to strengthen community appreciation of Tucson’s rich heritage and historic resources. The staff also works with the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission to review proposed exterior alterations to historic buildings, assists with National Register nominations for neighborhoods and property owners that meet certain criteria, and manages repairs and rehabilitations of City-owned historic properties.
Tucson has a long and rich multicultural history reflected in its historic built environment, archaeological resources, traditional cultural places, and historical attractions. The City of Tucson has been a partner in the Federal Historic Preservation Program as a Certified Local Government since 1990, and was designated a Preserve America Community in 2013.
Historic Preservation Awards - Call for Nominations
The Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission is recognizing individuals, firms, groups, and/or organizations that have demonstrated their interest or contribution to the preservation, conservation, or interpretation of local history, architecture, or historic preservation in Tucson or Pima County.
Get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions related to historic properties, National Register nominations, and how to research your historic home.
Use these online interactive maps to get information about Tucson’s historic designations, historic architecture, and heritage destinations.
Features the most recent listings of National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) properties in Tucson, and descriptions of recent and current City of Tucson historic preservation projects.
Learn about the historic built environment of the Old Pueblo
Discover the archaeology and history of downtown Tucson, Court Street Cemetery, and historic Fort Lowell through recent archaeological reports, a special magazine issue, and a teacher’s guide.
Explore the Old Pueblo’s rich history and multicultural heritage with online guides and visits to city-owned historic destinations.
Different types of local historic designations require or encourage preservation of Tucson’s historic assets. Design review processes ensure that alterations to historic buildings and infill development are compatible with the characters of historic neighborhoods and downtown.
Tucson has many historic districts and individual properties that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Learn about financial incentives and benefits for owners preserving their historic properties
Greening historic buildings, or "green retrofitting," includes traditional designs and technologies as well as new innovations that may be used to upgrade a historic building to help it operate even more efficiently and sustainably.