News and Projects


The Arizona Chapter of the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) has won second place in the national challenge for the second consecutive year in a row! This year's challenge related to documenting historic landscapes associated with women. The winning submission from Arizona detailed the historic landscape of Isabella Greenway's Arizona Inn.

Click here to read the HALS document

Click here to read the National Park Service press release

Rincon Heights Historic District

Listed February, 2013

In 1891, the newly established University of Arizona became a magnet for growth as new development filled in vacant land between the campus and the downtown business district. One of these new developments was the Rincon Heights neighborhood just south of the University of Arizona. Rincon Heights was a modest middle-class neighborhood catering to those affiliated with the university and railroad. Interestingly, the lack of deed restrictions within Rincon Heights created a neighborhood with a high degree of racial, religious, and ethnic diversity. Today, the neighborhood exhibits an eclectic mix of architectural styles ranging from American Territorial to mid-century Ranch homes. 

Complete National Register of Historic Places Registration Form (4.36 MB): This is the nomination form for the district and includes a full history of the district, pictures, maps and other supporting information.


The City of Tucson preservation program includes inventories and assessments of historic properties, preservation planning, repairs to historic buildings and structures, interpretation of historical places, and public outreach.

Inventory of City-Owned Historic Properties

An inventory conducted in 2013 identified  624 properties of historic age (at least 50 years of age or older) that are owned in full or in part by the City of Tucson.

City-owned historic properties include buildings (66), structures (311; total includes 303 historic streetlamps), objects (4), archaeological sites (226), and landscapes (17).

Building types include civic, commercial, and residential properties; structures include underpasses, swimming pools, ramadas, and streetlamps; objects include public art installations; archaeological sites include sites associated with known prehistoric and historic archaeological remains; and landscapes include designed parks, as well as culturally-significant natural features.

City-owned historic properties represent a broad spectrum of time, from prehistoric irrigation canals dating to A.D. 850 to the 1972 Garret Eckbo-designed landscape at the Tucson Community Center. Because these city-owned properties were built over a long period of time, the resulting architecture, materials, and uses are also incredibly diverse.

Tucson’s adobe architectural tradition is visible in and is represented by the city-owned buildings and ruins at Fort Lowell Park, El Tiradito Shrine, the Tucson Museum of Art block, Oury Community Center, as well as the reconstructions of a portion of the Tucson Presidio and the Mission Garden (owned jointly with Pima County).

The Territorial Period is evidenced by the former military plaza of Armory Park, Tucson’s oldest surviving warehouse, Steinfeld Warehouse, and the Henry Trost-designed Neoclassical Carnegie Library.

Arizona’s early Statehood-period properties include the remains of the former El Paso and Southwestern railroad tracks, the Marist College facade, and decorative streetlamps.

The Roaring Twenties are represented by the Temple of Music and Art, the Performing Arts Theater, the United States Coast Guard and Geodetic Survey  Magnetic Observatory buildings at Udall Park, and the Stone and 6th Avenue underpasses.

Post-WWII architectural examples include the Brutalist style Tucson Police Headquarters building, and the mid-century modern Firestation No. 3.

Assessment of Post-WWII Residential Subdivisions

With funding from a Certified Local Government grant, the Tucson Historic Preservation Office is working with the Modern Architecture Preservation Project of Tucson and the University of Arizona’s Heritage Conservation program to evaluate aspects of significance and integrity of Tucson’s numerous post-WWII residential subdivisions to help determine their eligibilities for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Preservation of Historic Buildings and Structures

The City of Tucson Historic Preservation Office manages emergency repairs, rehabilitations, and restorations of historic properties owned by the City, and non-City historic properties of exceptional significance to the community.

Interpretation of Downtown Historic Street Names

In 2010, Highway User Revenue Funds were allocated by Ward 5 for the installation of sidewalk plaques describing the histories of the names of Tucson’s downtown streets. Click here to see the locations of the sidewalk plaques and an example.

Re-creation of a Spanish Colonial Orchard

A 2010 Arizona Forestry Division Community Challenge grant funded the re-creation of the late 1700s Spanish Colonial Orchard at the Mission Garden, and educational workshops. To learn more about this project click here.