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Fox Theater Tucson

July 17th, 2016 by samhughesinn

The Fox Theater Tucson – Film, Music, Special Events
1929 Theater

Fox Theater Tucson

The Fox Theater Tucson began construction in summer of 1929, designed by the architect M. Eugene Durfee to feature movies and the then still popular, vaudeville. It opened in April of 1930 with the film, “Chasing Rainbows”, starring Jack Benny in one of his few and unmemorable movie credits. The gorgeous insides are a blend of southwestern desert and Art Deco with touches of Egyptian, Native American and Mayan inspired designs.

For the first scheduled event, the streets were closed to traffic and waxed for dancing. More than 3,000 people bought tickets for the show and the event became a local “must-see” featuring live bands outside and free trolley rides downtown. (Tucson’s original trolley was still operating then and has since been replaced by a shiny new streetcar version in the past few years.) The Fox Theater Tucson flourished for forty years and then, with the advent of more outlying theaters, drive-in movies, television and the loss of retail space, people found other forms of entertainment and popularity declined. The Fox Theater Tucson closed in 1974 and sat vacant for 26 years. The owners had various plans in mind for the building, including destruction, but never got around to any of them.

In the year 2000 the Fox Theater was purchased by a not for profit organization and $13 million dollars were spent for restoration. Its interior was as faithfully reproduced and restored to be as much like the original as possible. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003 and reopened for business on New Year’s Eve, 12/31/2007. About 1,100 of 1,200 available tickets were sold in the opening fund-raising event in which tickets cost $250 per seat and $1,000 per couple for the balcony “love seats.” The restoration of this theater, along with many restaurants and new living spaces, has contributed to the overall vitality of a revived downtown.

Oldies-but-goodies movies and film festivals are scheduled throughout much of the year currently but along with these are many live presentations featuring, singers, musicians, combos and many other special events. Check the schedule, seating chart & ticket sales for entertainment the rest of this summer and coming up for fall and winter. See featured videos on YouTube. Fox Theater Tucson, 17 W. Congress Street.

Fox Theatre Tucson

Fox Theatre

 

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.

Mini Time Museum of Miniatures

January 27th, 2015 by samhughesinn

Catherine wearing diamond

Catherine the Great
with Orlov

The Mini Time Museum of Miniatures in Tucson, presents a special exhibit of replica diamonds displayed on miniature historical figures representing their original owners. The exhibit (beginning January 27, 2015 through April 19, 2015) features the work of two famous artists. The replica diamonds were created by Scott Sucher of Tijeras, New Mexico and the historic figures were designed by artist, George S. Stuart of Ojai, CA.

The exhibit, called Diamonds Are Forever (The Incredible Journeys of World-Famous Diamonds & the People Who Owned Them), comes to the Tucson Mini Time Museum of Miniatures courtesy of the Museum of Ventura County California, which developed and produced it. This exhibit tells the story of famous diamonds and their famous owners. Their stories are told with 18 quarter-life-size historical figures and 10 replica diamonds.

George Stuart has created more than 400 historic figures, famous and infamous, in incredible life like miniature sculptures. He also describes them in regular monologues presented near his home in Ventura, CA.

Scott Sucher, through exhaustive research, creates world famous, historically accurate diamond replicas for museums and educational purposes.

Louis XIV with diamond

Louis XIV – French Blue diamond tie tack

According to the Mini Time Museum of Miniatures website, the exhibit includes figures of Catherine the Great, Louis XIV, Napoleon and the Shah Jahan. The historic diamond replicas feature the Hope, the French Blue, Regent, Beau Sancy, the Koh-i-Noor, the Orlov and the Mirror of Portugal. Many of these jewels were incorporated into crowns, scepters, pendants & hair ornaments and were usually in the hands of royalty. However, over time, some have been lost, stolen or broken up and re-cut. Diamond connoisseurs will be familiar with all or most of these stones and will find the exhibit fascinating. Gem Show visitors will want to add this exhibit to their schedules during February for a great change of pace from shopping or selling.

The Mini Time Museum of Miniatures regular collection features over 275 miniature houses and box rooms in three main areas: the Enchanted Realm, History Gallery and Exploring the World. This is not just a destination for children; in fact many exhibits are better understood and appreciated by adults. You will never be too old to enjoy this wonderful museum. Many fine artists are represented and their work is perfection in every tiny detail, from real silverware & china in table settings to fine furniture, carpeting and paintings hanging on the small dollhouse walls. Many periods of history are replicated in the various houses and boxes, along with fantasy representations of fairy tales. You’ll find old and contemporary houses, houses from other countries, an airplane café, stores, western scenes, castles and re-creations of existing or formerly existing buildings. You’ll wish you could touch these tiny treasures but they are protected from harm yet beautifully displayed and lighted so that every small marvel can be easily observed.There are docent led and self guided tours to the Mini Time Museum of Miniatures and you will want to come back many times to revisit the permanent collection as well as to take advantage of the special temporary exhibits like Diamonds Are Forever.

The museum, although now in its sixth year of operation, still remains a hidden treasure, a Tucson Special Attraction. You’ll find the museum at 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive in Tucson, about 20 minutes drive from downtown. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 9 AM – 4 PM. Sunday, Noon – 4 PM. Closed on Mondays and major holidays.

Historic figure photos and artist photos courtesy of Museum of Ventura County.

Scott Sucher

Scott Sucher

George Stuart

George Stuart

 

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