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Tucson Historic Neighborhoods

May 18th, 2015 by samhughesinn

Sam Hughes Historic Neighborhood

In 1994 Sam Hughes became one of the official Tucson Historic Neighborhoods; 31 have been designated by the National Register of Historic Places. Sam Hughes Inn Bed & Breakfast is a contributing member of this large group of neighborhoods which make up most of the city of Tucson. Many historic neighborhoods received their designations earlier but this one was named to honor the early Tucson settler of the same name.20150518_094907

The neighborhood sits just east of the University of Arizona and is bound by 4 major arteries north & south, Campbell (Kino) Parkway and Country Club Blvd. and on its east and west sides are Speedway & Broadway. Almost 600 homes in the 1 square mile district are considered historically significant and represent 16 essential types of architecture including Craftsman, Bungalow, and Mission Revival. Most have Spanish elements of design.

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It was developed between 1920 and the 1950‘s although there are a few homes of more recent vintage. Settler, Sam Hughes, was instrumental in establishing Tucson’s free public school system and the excellent elementary school also pays tribute by wearing his name.20150518_094826

Although this is basically a residential neighborhood it has enough businesses along its edges to make it a handy walk around neighborhood while still retaining its residential feeling. At least one full service grocery store is close at hand, plus several smaller markets, banks, drugstores and many restaurants.. Highlights are the close-by University of Arizona (with three splendid museums on campus), Himmel Park and a major bike route which cuts through the university from 3rd 20150517_174430Street Blvd. spanning the distance from Wilmot Road on the far east side, to downtown Tucson.

Bus transportation is abundant in all directions and a short walk takes a visitor to the new Streetcar line.Reid/Randolph Park is within walking distance with its tennis courts, heated year round pool, zoo, fountain pond, and picnic sites making the area seem far away from the noise and bustle of the city.

On the other end of the time spectrum of Tucson Historic Neighborhoods is the neighborhood of El Presidio where Tucson began as a Spanish Colonial outpost in 1776, and where most structures date from 1860 to the 1920‘s. Architecture is varied with Transformed Sonoran houses as well as the larger homes which for years were located on what was called Millionaires Row. In the name of “progress”, some mansions in this area were destroyed to make way for major highway construction. But its North Main Avenue is still one of the loveliest streets in town with many beautifully restored buildings serving as homes and offices.Courthouse-Front-11x1-529x360La-Placita-Close-01x-539x360

Early architecture

El Presidiio Neighborhood St. Augustine Cathedral

Sam Hughes is a midtown neighborhood while El Presidio is in downtown Tucson. Check the Tucson Historic Neighborhoods link as well as www.tucsonishome.com for detailed information about the growth of Tucson since 1776 and all the historic neighborhoods that have evolved since then..

 

 

Tucson Museum of Art Spring Artisans Market

March 26th, 2015 by samhughesinn

Tucson Museum of Art Spring Artisans Market

Tucson Museum of Art Spring Artisans Market

Spring Artisans Market

Tucson Museum of Art’s Spring Artisans Market is only one reason to visit the museum. The show, held twice yearly in the outdoor areas surrounding the museum, features more than a hundred fine artists and crafts people from all over the Southwest. The spring show will be held March 27, 28 & 29, 2015 and is a “don’t miss” event where you can soak up the fine weather, lunch inside or out at the adorable little Cafe a la C’art, shop for yourself or for gifts and, of course, take in the museum’s permanent and temporary exhibits. Admission is free to the show and to the museum as well. Open 10AM to 5PM.

The museum is located within the Historic Block, formerly part of the original Presidio of Tucson, which includes La Casa Cordoba, J. Knox Corbett House, Edward Nye Fish House, Romero House & Stevens/Duffield House – all wonderful representations of early Tucson architecture.The five properties surround the museum’s more modern building which contains most of its galleries.If you miss the March artisans market, the museum will host another one, called the Holiday Market, in November of 2015.

Gift Shop
A favorite place inside is the museum’s gift shop, full of items you can’t live without. Admission is free and hours are the same as the museum’s. Long time TMA employee, John McNulty, a renowned ceramicist in his own right, is the retail manager of the museum gift shop and responsible for every fabulous item appearing on its shelves, from kitschy small treasures to more expensive pieces of fine Southwest jewelry.

Exhibitions
An upcoming museum exhibition features Surfaces: Photographs by Fritz Kaeser, April 24 to July 5, 2015. Permanent exhibitions include the Art of Latin America, Art of the American West, Modern & Contemporary Art and Rare Books & Manuscripts.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday and is located on a full city block within the historic El Presidio district. Its official address is 140 N. Main Avenue and its parking lot is just across the street. Hours are 10AM to 5PM.

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