Tucson's Historic Neighborhoods


In 1877, Tucson was incorporated as a city, making it the oldest city in Arizona, and with the arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1880, Tucson's multicultural roots expanded and deepened as new residents adopted customs of both the Tohono O'otham Indians, Mexicans and early settlers that were already living here. Human habitation in the area of Tucson dates back thousands of years.

In keeping with that history, there are 26 historic neighborhoods in Tucson. This article will cover some basic information about some of these neighborhoods.

Barrio Libro is Tucson’s third oldest historic district. This neighborhood provides a sense of Tucson during the 1870s. Originally more extensive, its northern half was demolished during Urban Renewal in the late 1960s.

Barrio Santa Rosa neighborhood lies directly south of Barrio Libre. Part of the original urban core of the city, its history began in the 1890s, and two-thirds of its historic buildings are representative of Tucson’s indigenous Sonoran style architecture, consisting of adobe structures with flat roofs, typically grouped in rowhouses with their fronts flush with the street.

Colonia Solana is one of the first suburban subdivisions in Arizona, Colonia Solana is located in midtown on the border of Reid Park, home to the Reid Park Zoo. Landscape architect Stephen Child, who studied with Frederick Law Olmstead, designed Colonia Solana in 1928 incorporating natural elements such as the Arroyo Chico, a lush desert riparian habitat for birds and wildlife.

Pie Allen neighborhood is named for homesteader and former mayor, John Brackett “Pie” Allen—known for selling dried-apple pies to soldiers— this 23-block area counted railroad families as early tenants after the arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1880.

Harold Bell Wright, In the center of this semi-rural subdivision sits the home of popular American novelist Harold Bell Wright (1872-1942). Street names gracing this 116-acre neighborhood are all derived from the characters or places in his numerous novels.

Sam Hughes neighborhood is an early suburban neighborhood developed between 1921 and the 1950s immediately east of the University of Arizona campus. Named after well-known business leader Sam Hughes, who was instrumental in establishing Tucson’s free public school system, the Roy Place-designed Sam Hughes Elementary School.

Indian House, located in the east-central part of Tucson, is a semi-rural neighborhood that includes 11 contributing historic residences built between 1926 and 1950 on 2 to 6½ acre lots, all excellent examples of Southwestern Revival and Mid-century Modern (Contemporary) styles. Indian House follows in the tradition of several other Tucson desert subdivisions that were established to promote a distinctive Southwestern lifestyle.

The unique community of Winterhaven was developed between 1949-1961 by developer C.B. Richards, who sought to emulate the environment and architectural aesthetics of the Midwest. The neighborhood is characterized by wide curving streets, dominant green lawns, non-native trees, and a park-like Midwestern flavor.

Looking at the San Clemente neighborhood, in 1923, developer Stanley Williamson named this east-central subdivision after the seacoast town of San Clemente, California, intending to evoke an image of an upscale Spanish Colonial Revival community. First homesteaded in 1909, the area saw most of its development between 1930 and 1959, and is considered the first Tucson neighborhood to pioneer automobile-related Ranch Style Suburb planning.

In order to follow the “one-mile rule” established by the Southern Pacific Railroad, numerous railroad employees lived in the Iron Horse district in order to hear the whistle blow, calling them to work. Developed beginning in 1890, this neighborhood presents a mix of building styles, including Sonoran, American Territorial, Craftsman Bungalow, and Queen Anne Revival.

The semi-rural neighborhood of Fort Lowell, in the central urban area, offers an abundant mix of icons of Tucson’s history, including the soldiers of Fort Lowell (1873-1891) and the priests of the San Pedro Chapel (1932), along with the families, craftsmen, and historians who have called it home since the 1890s.

Tucson's Historic Neighborhoods are a wonderful expression of Tucson's diverse heritage. These neighborhoods are all centrally located and charming. The historic preservation movement has been going strong since the 1970s. Owning a home in a Historic Neighborhood is a great bet financially and a great bet as far as lifestyle goes.

Check out Homes For Sale in Tucson's Historic Neighbrhoods on my websites at -

 - https://www.richmantucsonhomes.com/historic-neighborhoods/

 - https://www.tucsonarizrealestate.com/tucson/tucson-homes-in-historic-neighborhoods/

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