For a guide to Tucson’s historic neighborhoods, artist Erika Parrino sketched Sonoran row houses, Craftsman bungalows and Tudor Revival homes.
It’s a diverse lineup, yes, but it’s all Tucson.
For the 2011 pamphlet “A Guide to Tucson’s Historic Neighborhoods,” Parrino used pen and ink to draw 23 architectural styles that line the streets of residential districts listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Blenman-Elm Neighborhood Association organized the project, distributing 25,000 free copies of the guide, which won a historic preservation award from the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation and the Tucson-Pima County Commission in 2012.
Because the list of 28 neighborhoods now includes San Rafael Estates, the neighborhood association printed an additional 15,000 second-edition pamphlets with funding from Banner-University Medical Center and began distributing them this week.
“People who live in historic neighborhoods give a lot of their time to preserving the kind of lifestyle they want,” said Hannah Glasston, the editor of the project and director at Etherton Gallery. “We hope the map highlights how precious these neighborhoods are and that people want to live in them.”
Tucsonans can pick up a guide at local spots such as Etherton Gallery, 135 S. Sixth Ave.; Antigone Books, 411 N. Fourth Ave.; or the Tucson Visitor Center, 110 S. Church Ave.
The idea came to Glasston, a resident of Blenman-Elm, after she saw a similar guide in Phoenix. On her drive home, she wondered why Tucson didn’t have one. The idea gathered a following.
“It started as a reaction to the mini-dorm movement,” said Alan Myklebust, the Blenman-Elm board member who spearheaded the project. “We wanted to do something positive rather than something negative.”
Representatives for Tucson’s other historic neighborhoods — many of them in the downtown and university areas — pitched in, submitting blurbs about the significance of their community for the guide. R. Brooks Jeffery, director of the Drachman Institute in the University of Arizona’s College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, wrote the introduction.
“This type of guide to Tucson’s historic neighborhoods helps raise awareness of how those neighborhoods contribute to our community character and make us different from everywhere else,” said Jonathan Mabry, the historic preservation officer for the City of Tucson who worked with Blenman-Elm on the project.
The neighborhoods included in the guide must meet the criteria of “age, significance and integrity” before they can become a nationally registered historic district, Mabry said.
“Each historic district has a defined period of significance, which is the period of historical development in that neighborhood,” Mabry said. “Typically, the periods of significance occurred more than 50 years ago, but not always.”
More than 50 percent of the properties within the neighborhood must also comply with certain criteria, he added. Not all old neighborhoods qualify.
But those that do take pride in it.
“We in the central areas of the city like the fact that our neighborhoods are represented by very diverse architecture,” Myklebust said. “I live in a home that was built in the 1930s.”