The City of Tucson was recently awarded two grants from the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to support historic preservation projects in our community. The two grants will support the following projects:
Barrio Kroeger Lane Survey
The grant will support a survey of the Barrio Kroeger Lane neighborhood to determine whether the area is eligible as a National Register Historic District (NRHD). Barrio Kroeger Lane is located to the west of downtown Tucson and east of the Santa Cruz river. To the north of the neighborhood lie the remains of Tucson’s birthplace. The Santa Cruz riverbanks was home to Tucson’s earliest settlements. Remains of early agricultural settlements dating from 300AD still remain scattered and buried along the river.
The survey will provide a preliminary historic context, an evaluation of significance and integrity, and a description of those eligibility criterion/criteria under which the neighborhood may be potentially eligible for listing. Listing as a NRHD will allow owner-occupied contributing properties to receive a property tax reduction. It will also allow for consideration for any federally funded projects.
Mid-Century Modern Survey
The grant will allow for a survey of extant Mid Century Modern (1945-1975) buildings in Tucson. The survey will build upon the context that was developed by Chris Evans and R. Jeffery Brooks, Architecture of the Modern Movement in Tucson 1945-1975: Context Study. The survey will also use the “top” 50 buildings that were identified by the context, the Sunshine Mile National Register District nomination, the Miracle Mile National Register District nomination and the pending Downtown National Register nomination to help inform the survey.
The survey would be used to identify significant buildings in future planning projects and to address concerns over properties proposed for demolition. The City of Tucson requires properties that are over 50 years of age proposed for demolition to have a historic review. Listing or eligibility on the National Register requires more documentation as part of the demolition process. This survey would inform future planning projects such as corridor studies and overlays and provide staff with resources to work with owners to find alternatives to demolition or discuss mitigation.
It is expected that both grant-funded projects will be completed within the next year. The City Historic Preservation Office will manage both projects and looks forward to working with stakeholders on these two surveys to document historic resources in our community.