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Tucson in Pima County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Pima County Courthouse

Historic Site

 
 
Pima County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, December 30, 2009
1. Pima County Courthouse Marker
Inscription. The first Pima County Courthouse, a single-story adobe structure built in 1868, was replaced in 1881 by a large two-story stone and red brick victorian building which, in turn, was removed in 1928 to make way for the present structure. This distinctive building, designed by Tucsonian Roy Place and completed in 1929, reflects the Spanish colonial and Moorish influences on the architectural heritage of the southwest. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Erected by Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission and Arizona Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Arizona, The Presidio Trail, and the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 32° 13.388′ N, 110° 58.394′ W. Marker is in Tucson, Arizona, in Pima County. Marker can be reached from Church Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 115 North Church Avenue, Tucson AZ 85701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. S. E. Corner Adobe Wall of Spanish Presidio of Tucson ( within shouting distance of this marker); Convent Street ( within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge
Pima County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, June 15, 2011
2. Pima County Courthouse Marker
( within shouting distance of this marker); Vietnam War Memorial ( within shouting distance of this marker); Pennington Footbridge ( within shouting distance of this marker); Commemorating the Raising of the First American Flag within the Walled City of Tucson ( within shouting distance of this marker); Plaza de las Armas ( about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Exchange at the Presidio ( about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tucson.
 
Regarding Pima County Courthouse. This site is #3 on the Stroll Historic Downtown Tucson Walking Tour.
"This beautiful Spanish Colonial and moorish styled landmark was the project of a famous Tucson architect, Roy Place and was built in 1929. The dome is capped with mosaic tiles. Through the courtyard which is part of this structure runs the location of the east wall of the original Presidio.
The first courthouse was built in 1868 as a one story adobe building. Just the year before, Tucson had been named the capital of the Arizona territory. A second capital building was constructed in 1881 in the Victorian style. By 1912, just before
Pima County Courthouse Dome image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, June 15, 2011
3. Pima County Courthouse Dome
Arizona was to become a state, the capital was moved north but 17 years later, the current landmark was begun."

Regarding Pima County Courthouse.
Pima County Courthouse is #2 on the Presidio Trail Walking Tour.
The description reads:
“Built in 1929 in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, this building features a beautiful mosaic-tiled dome and elegant courtyard. The east wall of the presidio (Stop No. 1) is marked with a granite strip in the red tile walkway inside the courtyard. An actual piece of the original presidio wall can be seen in the Assessor’s Office on the south side of the courtyard.”
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .  Pima County Courthouse. This third Pima County courthouse was built on the site of the previous courthouse. Commissioned by County Supervisors Joseph M. Ronstadt, John McK. Redmond, and Robert E. Butler, it was designed by Tucson architect Roy W. Place and built by Herbert Brown, contractor. It cost around $350,000. When built, there was some controversy about the color selected and the style of the building. An outstanding example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, the brick structure,
Pima County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, December 30, 2009
4. Pima County Courthouse Marker
Marker is in walk-thru under dome.
covered with pink stucco, is traced by Moorish arches opening onto a central patio in the rear of the building and a massive cement dome covered by ceramic tile.
(Submitted on December 31, 2009.) 
 
Categories. GovernmentNotable Buildings
 
Pima County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, December 30, 2009
5. Pima County Courthouse
West side of Pima County Courthouse
Pima County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, December 30, 2009
6. Pima County Courthouse
View from Church Avenue.
Additional Pima County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 9, 2015
7. Additional Pima County Courthouse Marker
On the column directly to the left of the marker is another marker that reads:
Pima County Courthouse
built 1929
has been listed in the
National Register of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior
June 23, 1978
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 30, 2009, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,413 times since then and 39 times this year. Last updated on May 10, 2012, by Carri Nazos of Tucson, Arizona. Photos:   1. submitted on December 30, 2009, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   2, 3. submitted on January 18, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   4, 5. submitted on December 30, 2009, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   6. submitted on December 31, 2009, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   7. submitted on June 11, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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