Presidio Historic District
Tucson Museum of Art & Historic Block
For a small city, Tucson boasts an impressive art museum. There's a respectable collection of Western and contemporary art, and the...
It’s always worth checking out what’s on at the deco Fox Theatre, a gloriously glittery venue for classic and modern movies, music,...
The popular La Cocina, within the Presidio Historic District, serves Southwestern fare, Arizona beers and cool live music (generally...
Presidio Historic District information
The Tucson Museum of Art is part of this low-key neighborhood, which embraces the site of the original Spanish fort and a ritzy residential area once nicknamed 'Snob Hollow.' This is (per current historical knowledge) one of the oldest inhabited places in North America. The Spanish Presidio de San Augustín del Tucson dates back to 1775, but the fort itself was built over a Hohokam site that has been dated to AD 700–900.
The original fort is completely gone, although there's a short reconstructed section at the corner of Church Ave and Washington St. The historical district teems with adobe townhouses and restored 19th-century mansions.
Shoppers should steer towards Old Town Artisans , a block-long warren of adobe apartments filled with galleries and crafts stores set around a lush and lovely courtyard (this use of an enclosed courtyard comes from Andalucia in southern Spain by way of North Africa). The popular La Cocina , also within the complex, serves Southwestern fare, Arizona beers and cool live music (generally Thu-Sat).
The area is bounded by W 6th St, W Alameda St, N Stone Ave and Granada Ave.