Historic Preservation
Historic District

The University of Arizona is committed to the preservation and stewardship of historical, archaeological, cultural, and architectural resources on its main campus and other properties throughout Arizona.

The 33-acre Campus Historic District was created in 1986, recognizing the significance of the campus historic core. The district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and showcases buildings and landscapes dating from 1891 through 1937.

The verdant landscapes of the Historic District have been a favorite place for generations of students, staff, and the Tucson community. Features within the landscape, such as the lava rock wall, the Main Gate, and the fish pond are all part of the historic fabric. Within the District and throughout the campus, the Campus Arboretum showcases a world-class collection of desert-adapted plants including a number of Heritage Trees and Great Trees of Arizona.

Buildings in the Historic District display a record of architectural styles ranging from Territorial Queen Anne to Classical Revival, Renaissance Revival, and Spanish and Romanesque Revival. The material that ties them all together is red brick, the predominant building material on campus throughout its history. Outstanding craftsmanship and exquisite detailing are hallmarks of these buildings. Seventeen historic buildings are located in the District.

Five buildings on campus are individually listed on the National Register. Of these five, Bear Down Gym, Smith House, and Cannon-Douglass House are located on campus but outside of the District.

Sixteen structures contribute to the District
Herring Hall, 1903 Douglass, 1904
Communications, 1909 South Hall, 1913
Forbes, 1915 Engineering, 1918
Cochise Hall, 1920 Maricopa Hall, 1921
Steward Observatory, 1923 Humanities Building, 1935
Arizona State Museum South, 1935 Centennial Hall, 1936
Chemistry, 1936 Gila Hall, 1937
Yuma Hall, 1937 Nugent, 1937
Lava Rock Wall, 1916-38 Berger Memorial Fountain, 1919


2006 Historic Preservation Plan
The Historic Preservation Plan was produced as a companion document to the 2003 Comprehensive Campus Plan and specifically addresses main campus historic resources. The Plan is comprised of two parts: the general plan, and a set of maintenance manuals for the treatment and preservation of building and landscapes.

Maintenance Manual for Historic Buildings
Manual for Historic Landscapes
Official policy on Historic Preservation



Historic Preservation Project Review Process
In conjunction with the Preservation Advisory Committee and the Historic Preservation Coordinator, projects are reviewed for compliance with the UA Historic Preservation Policy and state requirements of the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).


Cultural Resources and You
This resource guide was produced by the Arizona State Museum and provides federal and state statutes, policies, guidelines, and executive orders relating to cultural resources on University properties. These must be considered during the planning stages for all infrastructure maintenance and repairs, for all new development, and before conducting any research on University-owned or leased lands where ground disturbance might impact cultural resources.

Campus Historical Overview
A class presentation entitled, Architecture and Tradition at the University of Arizona A photographic exploration of campus planning and architecture at the UA from 1885 to present.


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