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Old Town Artisans


Old Town Artisans, located in historical downtown Tucson, is a modern-day shopping and dining area in which one may find Indian jewelry, photographs of the desert and pottery with a Southwestern flair. What many Tucsonans, tourists and shoppers do not realize is that The Old Town Artisans establishment is located in the El Presidio neighborhood which was actually the first and oldest neighborhood in Tucson, laid out by Colonel Hugo O'Conor for the Spanish in 1775.

It was originally built on the site of the Spanish fort named San Augustin del Tucson. The area was designated as a historical district in 1975 and a National Register District of historical places in 1976.San Augustin del Tucson at its prime, covered more than twelve acres which encompassed a chapel, a cemetery, a couple of plazas, horse stables and quarters for officers, soldiers, and settlers. The houses within this area began to be constructed around the mid -1800s.Most of these houses were of Spanish and Mexican design influences, native to the desert region. Some of the features of these homes included common thick walls that were often shared for efficiency reasons due to the toll of the extreme desert heat.

These adobe Sonoran row houses were often built at, or extremely close to, the front of the property lines and this feature is what gave the streets an individual look uncommon in other regions. In 1921, after Mexican Independence, the military constructed barracks outside the walls of the fort and residential development continued as well in both the west and north directions. Today, many of the homes have been restored and are either being used as legal offices, museums, or shops, like those at Old Town Artisans. So next time you stroll through all of the shops and admire the goods, remember you are walking through history and picture yourself inside the fort walls.

Located at 201 North Court Avenue.

For more information: 520-623-6024 or www.oldtownartisans.com




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