Casas Adobes Plaza

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Casas Adobes Plaza
Location70751/2 North Oracle Road, Casas Adobes, Arizona 85704
Opening date1948
DeveloperSilvio "Sam" Nanini
ManagementPartners Management
OwnerShenkarow Group
No. of stores and services29
No. of floors2

Casas Adobes Plaza is an upscale shopping mall located at the southwest corner of North Oracle Road and East Ina Road in Casas Adobes, Arizona (USA), just northwest of Tucson.

The attempted assassination of Representative Gabrielle Giffords, and the murder of chief judge for the U.S. District Court for Arizona, John Roll on January 8, 2011 occurred just across North Oracle Road from Casas Adobes Plaza at the La Toscana Village.


Casas Adobes gets its name from a subdivision built by developer Silvio "Sam" Nanini in the 1950s. Casas Adobes has come refer to the entire unincorporated area of the Northwest that is north of Tucson's city limits and between the towns of Oro Valley and Marana.[1]

Along North Oracle Road, Sam Nanini would make his mark. Mr. Nanini and his wife, Giaconda, moved to Tucson in 1948 seeking to cure Mrs. Nanini's bronchial asthma.[2] The Nanini's were immigrants from Italy, who first moved to Chicago. Nanini immediately worked to begin an upscale shopping plaza in the remote area northwest of Tucson that today forms the heart of the Casas Adobes community. Beginning in the mid-1950s, Nanini developed three subdivisions on about 300 acres that became the heart of the Casas Adobes community and was considered by many to be Tucson's first suburb.[3] All of the homes were built with adobe, or mud, bricks. Nanini and his son William later built the world-class Tucson National Resort and Country Club and the adjacent million-dollar home subdivision, the Tucson National Estates.

Casas Adobes Plaza was built with the same red-brown adobe brick of their Casas Adobes subdivision, and with the intent to mimic the quaint neighborhood markets of Sam Nanini's hometown in Italy, the plaza has unique character and charm.[4] Home to upscale boutiques and exceptional restaurants, the plaza has remained one of the Northwest's favorite destinations.[5]

The area has continued to add subdivisions and today nearly 60,000 people call the community of Casas Adobes home.


Casas Adobes Plaza, was designed by a protégé of renowned Swiss architect Josias Joesler in the late 1940s.[6] The plaza features Spanish Colonial architecture, becoming a landmark of Southern Arizona. With three charming breezeways resplendent in Mediterranean vignette motifs, elegant Spanish tile roofing, abundant landscaping with native plants, cascading vines and blooms, visitors can enjoy meandering along shaded walkways, perusing shops or stopping to relax in casual seating surrounded by pristine water features accented with hand-forged Mexican lighting fixtures.[7]


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Coordinates: 32°20′10″N 110°58′44″W / 32.336°N 110.979°W / 32.336; -110.979