Category Archives: Historic Schools

City of Tucson urged anew to take over, repair old Marist adobe

[Source: Rob O’Dell, Daily Star] — Racing against a ticking clock, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson is again trying to give the crumbling adobe Marist College building to the city, in hopes it will save the 93-year-old Downtown building from collapse. The diocese and the city have for years had informal negotiations over the three-story building on the northwest corner of the St. Augustine Cathedral square, but neither party wants to pay the $1 million minimum cost to stabilize the building.

Now the diocese has offered to raise about $250,000 toward making the building structurally sound, although the city still hasn’t jumped on the deal because of the price tag and the uncertainty of what the building would be used for once it is stabilized. The diocese is also offering to include a portion of the St. Augustine parking lot across from the Tucson Convention Center, according to an e-mail from City Historic Preservation Officer Jonathan Mabry John Shaheen, diocese property and insurance director, said the church does not have the money to stabilize the Marist building, which housed a Catholic school from 1915 to 1968.

[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: Benjie Sanders, Daily Star.]

Historic school in Tucson adds on

[Source: Gillian Drummond, Arizona Daily Star] — “It’s a true passion. It’s more than just keeping their property values up,” says principal Roseanne De Cesari of what her historic Sam Hughes Elementary School means to its neighbors. So when rumors began to fly around the Midtown community that the school was being expanded, neighbors got interested. And when they learned what was planned, they got worried.

Turn inside to read the tale of neighbors and parents who fought to keep their school architecturally intact, and of how the budget soared to six times its original figure. When pupils and parents hold their annual Chuckwagon event next weekend, the public will be able to see the results for themselves. John O’Dowd remembers well running through the grounds of Sam Hughes Elementary School in the 1940s. Arriving there as a fourth-grader, he went on to see his four children attend the Midtown school and to serve as its parent-teacher association president. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

HP staff, Council Member tour Phoenix Indian School

[Source: Barbara Stocklin] — Historic Preservation (HP) and Arizona State Parks staff led Council Member Tom Simplot on a tour of the three historic buildings at Phoenix Indian School (Steele Indian School Park) to discuss their rehabilitation progress to date, funding availability to complete rehabilitation work, and possible use options. The Memorial Hall rehabilitation (pictured) for an assembly/performing space should be completed in late spring 2008, with only stabilization and critical work completed on the Band Building and Dining Hall to date. A permit is in place to complete restoration of the exteriors of Dining Hall, and some funding is secured for the Band Building although no plans have yet been developed. HP and Parks staff are working with EAS to evaluate options for moving rehabilitation work forward on the Dining Hall and Band Buildings.