City Historic Preservation staff works closely with City departments to assess, document, and appropriately treat significant historic buildings and archaeological sites affected by City projects. They provide training and information to City staff and the public about historic preservation laws, compliance procedures, rehabilitation standards, and financial incentives, and they conduct educational outreach to strengthen community appreciation of Tucson’s rich heritage and historic resources. The staff also works with the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission to review proposed exterior alterations to historic buildings, assists with National Register nominations for neighborhoods and property owners that meet certain criteria, and manages repairs and rehabilitations of City-owned historic properties.

 

              

              

 

Tucson has a long and rich multicultural history reflected in its historic built environment, archaeological resources, traditional cultural places, and historical attractions. The City of Tucson has been a partner in the Federal Historic Preservation Program as a Certified Local Government since 1990, and was designated a Preserve America Community in 2013.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions related to historic properties, National Register nominations, and how to research your historic home.

   

Online Resources

Use these online interactive maps to get information about Tucson’s historic designations, historic architecture, and heritage destinations.

   

News and Projects

Features the most recent listings of National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) properties in Tucson, and descriptions of recent and current City of Tucson historic preservation projects.

   

Tucson's Historic Architecture, Streetscapes, and Landscapes

Learn about the historic built environment of the Old Pueblo

   

Archaeology of Downtown, Fort Lowell, and Court Street Cemetery


Discover the archaeology and history of downtown Tucson, Court Street Cemetery, and historic Fort Lowell through recent archaeological reports, a special magazine issue, and a teacher’s guide.

   

Tucson's Heritage Experiences


Explore the Old Pueblo’s rich history and multicultural heritage with online guides and visits to city-owned historic destinations.

   

City Historic Designations and Design Review

Different types of local historic designations require or encourage preservation of Tucson’s historic assets. Design review processes ensure that alterations to historic buildings and infill development are compatible with the characters of historic neighborhoods and downtown.

   

National Register Historic Designations

Tucson has many historic districts and individual properties that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

   

Financial Incentives for Historic Preservation

Click here to learn about financial incentives and benefits for owners preserving their historic properties

   

Green Retrofitting of Historic Buildings

Greening historic buildings, or "green retrofitting," includes traditional designs and technologies as well as new innovations that may be used to upgrade a historic building to help it operate even more efficiently and sustainably.

   

 

 

Contact Information

Jonathan Mabry, PhD – Historic Preservation Officer jonathan.mabry@tucsonaz.gov • Phone: (520) 837-6965

Jennifer Levstik, M.A. – Preservation Lead Planner jennifer.levstik@tucsonaz.gov • Phone: (520) 837-6961

 • 310 N. Commerce Park Loop, Santa Rita Bldg • PO Box 27210 • Tucson, AZ 85726-7210