Tucson's first historic district offers an eclectic mix of architectural styles
including Spanish, Victorian, Queen Anne, mission, Spanish Colonial Revival and
California bungalow. The Temple of Music and Art (Tucson performance center for
Arizona Theatre Company), Tucson Children's Museum and Tucson Center for the
Performing Arts are all located in this 30-block area. The district extends from
East 12th Street to 19th Street and from Stone Avenue to Second Avenue.
Barrio Historico (Barrio Viejo)
This neighborhood was established as Tucson spread south from the original
Presidio settlement. It contains a large collection of old adobe buildings and
offers excellent examples of Sonoran architecture built from local materials,
including mesquite wood and saguaro cactus ribs. Originally a self-contained
"city within a city," the 20-block Barrio was home to a wide range of ethnic
groups over the years, and the variety of shops and buildings offers obvious
evidence of that. The Barrio extends from Cushing Street to 18th Street and from
the railroad tracks to Stone Avenue.
Downtown Arts District
A popular spot for arts and cultural events throughout the year, this area has
galleries, shops, theaters and sidewalk cafes. La Placita Village (110 S. Church
Ave.) is the attractive and colorful focal point of the district, which also
houses the offices of the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The district extends from Interstate 10 to Fourth Avenue and from 15th Street to
El Presidio Historic District
The site of Tucson's original settlement in 1775, this 12-block area is now home
to historic buildings, local artisans, restaurants and the Tucson Museum of Art.
If you have just a short time to get a taste of Tucson, this is the place to do
it. El Presidio extends from Alameda Street to Sixth Street and from Granada
Avenue to Church Avenue.