Historic Preservation

City Historic Preservation staff works closely with City departments to assess, document, and appropriately treat significant historic buildings and archaeological sites affected by City projects. They provide training and information to City staff and the public about historic preservation laws, compliance procedures, rehabilitation standards, and financial incentives, and they conduct educational outreach to strengthen community appreciation of Tucson’s rich heritage and historic resources. The staff also works with the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission to review proposed exterior alterations to historic buildings, assists with National Register nominations for neighborhoods and property owners that meet certain criteria, and manages repairs and rehabilitations of City-owned historic properties.

Tucson has a long and rich multicultural history reflected in its historic built environment, archaeological resources, traditional cultural places, and historical attractions. The City of Tucson has been a partner in the Federal Historic Preservation Program as a Certified Local Government since 1990, and was designated a Preserve America Community in 2013.


Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions related to historic properties, National Register nominations, and how to research your historic home.

National Register Historic Designations

Tucson has many historic districts and individual properties that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

City Historic Designations and Design Review

Different types of local historic designations require or encourage preservation of Tucson’s historic assets. Design review processes ensure that alterations to historic buildings and infill development are compatible with the characters of historic neighborhoods and downtown.

Tucson's Heritage Experiences

Explore the Old Pueblo’s rich history and multicultural heritage with online guides and visits to city-owned historic destinations.

Archaeology of Downtown, Fort Lowell, and Court Street Cemetery

Discover the archaeology and history of downtown Tucson, Court Street Cemetery, and historic Fort Lowell through recent archaeological reports, a special magazine issue, and a teacher’s guide.

Online Resources

Use these online interactive maps to get information about Tucson’s historic designations, historic architecture, and heritage destinations.