1775 1863 1912
Hohokam Pit House 700- 800
First Written Reference
to Tucson made
by Fr. Kino 1698
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Gadsden Purchase 1853
Butterfield Route 1858
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La Casa Cordova
173- 177 N. Meyer
Mission San Xavier Del Bac 1797
Civil War 1861- 65
Tucson as Territorial Capital 1867
Village of Tucson Incorporated 1871
First Public School 1872
First Telegraph 1873
Fort Lowell 1873
317- 325 N. Main
Southern Pacific Railroad 1880
1881 First Telephone
1881 City Waterworks;
Street Grades Established
First Gas Street Lights 1882
1884 Electric Street Lamps
1884 Arizona Historical Society
18! 11 University of Arizona
1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition
W. W. Williams House
( no longer standing)
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Main library 200 S. Sixth
1909 Death of Geronimo
Wl" ight · Zeliweger House
288 N. Church
1904/ 05 Automobiles
1906 Electric Street Cars
329 S. Sirth Avenue
612 S. Fifth Avenue
Gil House 447 S. Slone
300 N. Main
World War 11914- 18 1915 San Diego Exposition
515 E. Second Street
200 S. Sixth
Spanish Colonial Revival House
601- 603 E. Second Street
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521 E. Third Street
1928 Building Code Adopted
First Zoning for Tucson 1930
World War 111941- 45
POSler by Robert C. Grebner. Rlfhlrll D, Johnson. Ramll J. Rendahl
This posier is made possible by a granllo \ lie Tutson Public library
from the NaUonal Endowmenllor Ihe HumanIUa$. t\ wu developed lor
· · Sonor. n Herllage, · ' a HEH l earning Ubr. uy Program.
This chari hn been dulgned to glye an
Impreulon 01 the malor arthllectural styles lound
In the Tutson arel, ud 10 Usl t~ e dales 01 some
ollbe more Importanl events Iha! InUuented Ihe
appearante 01 our city. We have shown here outslandlng
uamplu 01 arthUttlure. FreQuenlly, a
house witt provl~ e only a lew hints as to lIS can ·
strucllon dale_ an InegularUoor plan. a gabled
rool or Classic or Golhlc delailing on Ihe porch.
lor Instante. In most cne5. however. these clues
lie sulllelent to lranslorrn · · iust anolher houu"
InlO a dotument ollhe hlstoryol our community.
Beginning with San Xavier. all the styles hIVe
been Im~ rted. Tucson has always been M Ihe
reulvlng end 01 cullurallmpulsulrom the 0111 ·
ilde WOrld_ MUlto. the Entern United States.
California Unlillhe ellmlng 01 the railroad In
1880. mainly Ideas and lethnlquu were brougM
In. Alter that materials- notably lumber_ could
be Imported .
Up to Ihe lurn ollhe Cenlury. our 18shlonable
I rthlleclure ' ended to deny a sense a. ~ Iace and
loci l heritage. How8~ er. , tarling a/ ouod , g03. a
serfes 01 stylu came In lrom California Ihat al
leasl paid lip service to Ihe Hlspante presence In
Ihe Soul~ west. Thue styles. olten lumped 10'
gether as · · Misslon Re~ ival :' had Ilaslln~ ellec'
on 1he appearance 01 our tlty through SUCh designs
as the Ceunly enurl liouse and Ihe Veleran ' s Hes ·
pilit. In more leeeni yeaf1 . lhls sense 01 plate has
again disappeared 10 a large nlenl and many 01
our conlemporary buildings could be anywhere
In Ihe world.
01 course Ihere are Imporlanl e~ ents and struclures
that have been lelt ollihe chart due to lac_ at
spate. The InlJoduclton altha evaporallve cooler
In Ihe late I 9311s and Ihe later developmenl ot air
condltlontng have played as Importanl loles in our
growth IS ' he aulomoblle. Bul lhls much should
glye us a teellor the Changing lace at Tucson and
suggesllhal, careMtyobserved with an hlslOrltal
peflpetlln, buildings can help us undtl$ tand Ihal
lIls a complu Inlenelal10nshlp 01 people. Ideas
and evenls 11111 Inlluences our built enylronment.
Historic Zoning 1972
Historic Districts 1974/ 75
150 1500 7000 15000 18000 32000 40000 350,000
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