University of Arizona Campus Historic District

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University of Arizona Campus Historic District
Location Roughly bounded by E. Second St., N. Cherry Ave., E. Fourth St., and Park Ave., Tucson, Arizona
Area 45 acres (18 ha)
Built 1887 (1887)-1937 (1937)
Architect Roy Place, J.B. Lyman, et al.
Architectural style Classical Revival; Romanesque Revival
NRHP reference # 86001254[1]
Added to NRHP June 13, 1986

The University of Arizona Campus Historic District is a historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Tucson, Arizona. It consists of the historic core of the University of Arizona and is roughly bounded by East Second Street, North Cherry Avenue, E. Fourth Street, and Park Avenue. The district was created on June 13, 1986.


The historic district consists of 18 contributing buildings, two of which (Old Main and the University Library) had been listed on the National Register prior to the creation of the district.[2] The buildings are in various early 20th century revivalist styles. There are also several contributing elements that are not buildings.

All 18 buildings are constructed of red brick, with high qualities of workmanship. Red brick would remain a constant for new UA campus buildings for decades, creating a cohesive material for the campus.

Many buildings had been modified to add fire escapes and to improve accessibility; the original National Register nomination characterizes these changes as "intrusive".

Contributing properties[edit]

Year Name Image Architect Summary
1937 Gila Hall Roy Place A three-story brick building on North Campus Drive with marked classical influence in its composition. Renaissance details, English Bond brickwork and use of terra cotta characterize the structure. The U-shaped building has sleeping porches at the ends of the projecting wings.
1921 Maricopa Hall MaricopaHall1.JPG Lyman & Place A two-story Classical Revival residence hall dominated by a flat-roofed portico featuring stylized concrete Corinthian columns.
1937 Yuma Hall Roy Place The companion to Gila Hall, Yuma Hall shares a similar plan and massing but utilizes an Italian Romanesque Revival style instead. Variegated arched brickwork and gabled end pavilions featuring triple arch compositions characterize the building.
1918 Mines and Engineering Building J.B. Lyman This "imposing" three-story building is highlighted by a recessed classical portico patterned after the Parthenon; it has a full entablature that spans the facade.
1887-91 Old Main (University Hall) Arizona Uni fountain.jpg James Miller Creighton Previously listed on the National Register in 1972.
1919 Berger Memorial Fountain Lyman & Place see Old Main, University of Arizona
1935 Humanities Building Roy Place A two-story brick classroom building in Italian Romanesque Revival style with details similar to Yuma Hall. Arches have spandrels featuring "Pueblo Deco" detailing. Now the Center for English as a Second Language.
1909 Science Hall D.H. and J.H. Holmes A "vernacular classical" structure with the first two floors faced with brick and the third in stucco. Later housed the speech department and is now the Communication Building.
1923-27 University Library AS museum north.jpg Lyman & Place Previously listed on the National Register in 1972. Now the North Building of the Arizona State Museum.
1904 Library and Museum Building Russell, Mauran & Garden Now the Douglass Building, a three-story Classical Revival building featuring two stories in brick and the top in stucco. The symmetrical façade uses excellent brickwork and double-hung window groupings.
1936 Centennial Hall (Main Auditorium) UAperformance.JPG Roy Place This Italian Romanesque Revival auditorium uses large arched windows and entrance arches.
1935 Arizona State Museum (South Building) ASU nima (7).JPG Roy Place The now-South Building of the Arizona State Museum combines Italian and Spanish Romanesque Revival elements.
1920 Cochise Hall Cochise hall.jpg Lyman & Place A symmetrical Classical Revival dormitory dominated by its elevated six-column prostyle Corinthian portico.
1913 Arizona Hall D.H. Holmes A Classical Revival dormitory with a prostyle portico that uses square brick piers, not columns. A U-shaped building with sleeping porches surrounding a courtyard on three sides.
1903 Herring Hall D.H. Holmes At the end of South Campus Drive, the university's first gymnasium, named for Col. William Herring who donated the majority of the building costs. A small Roman Revival building with a prostyle portico and arched entrance.
1915 Agriculture Building Lyman & Bristow The principal façade of this building is dominated by a recessed octastyle portico utilizing Ionic columns.
1937 Administration Building Roy Place Now the Nugent Building, a three-story Italian Romanesque Revival building with a gabled central pavilion and two two-story wings.
1936 Chemistry-Physics Building Roy Place A two-story red brick building in Italian Romanesque Revival style but with two main entrances utilizing classical details. A compatible addition was built in 1948 but is not a contributing property.
1921 Steward Observatory A picture of the Steward Observatory.jpeg Lyman & Place A small octagonal building of white glazed terra cotta bricks, topped by a ribbed hemispherical dome. Several elements removed in 1958 when the new astronomy building was connected to it.
1916 Rock Wall A wall of basalt rock quarried from local mountains, 4700 feet in length, that delineates the original campus boundaries. The main entrance incorporates wrought iron gates, a gift of the City of Prescott.

Non-contributing properties[edit]

Five properties in the district were constructed after 1938 and are not part of the historic district:

  • Chemistry Building addition (1948)
  • Social Sciences Building (1950)
  • Economics and Business Administration (1952)
  • Anthropology (addition to Arizona State Museum, 1961)
  • Additions to the library (1951, 1963)


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ The National Register nomination for the historic district

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