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Old Town Tubac historic adobe buildings open to visitors on tour

Old Town Tubac (Source: Tubac Historical Society) Old Town Tubac (Source: Tubac Historical Society)
Tubac 1915. (Source: Tubac Historical Society) Tubac 1915. (Source: Tubac Historical Society)
Doorway with Matate (Source: Tubac Historical Society) Doorway with Matate (Source: Tubac Historical Society)
TUBAC, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Some of Tubac’s oldest historic buildings will be welcoming visitors for a rare opportunity to tour inside during the Old Town Tubac Historic Adobe Building Tour on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Tubac Historical Society and the Lowe House Project artist in residency program are conducting the tour to bring attention to and appreciation for these historically significance buildings in Tubac’s National Historic District and to the lives and times of their occupants.

The tour includes buildings believed to have garrisoned Spanish Colonial Soldiers in the mid-1700s, housed some of Arizona’s earliest 19th century settlers, homes built on existing foundations by Tubac’s Hispanic Heritage Families and where Tubac’s artist colony had its beginnings and continues to this day. 

The Old Town Tubac Historic Adobe Building Tour is a self-directed walking tour and all the buildings are within walking distance of one another. Some of the buildings retain characteristics of their humble beginnings while others reflect architectural features added during their over 100-year existence.  Access to and within some of these historic privately owned buildings include steps and irregular walking surfaces and are not wheel-chair accessible and could be problematic for individuals with mobility issues.

Tickets are limited and registration is recommended. Tickets are $40 per person. Children with adult supervision and students with identification are free. For members of the Tubac Historical Society, tickets are $35.

All Tubac roads lead to the start of the tour at El Presidito—home to working artists studios and the Tubac Art Academy—located  at the corner of Burruel Street and Calle Igesia.  At El Presidito,  tour participants will make payment (cash and checks only) and receive a map to the tour locations and a packet of information about each of the buildings and their occupants. Volunteer guides and docents will greet and escort small groups through the buildings pointing out historical features.  Parking is available on Burruel Street a short distance from the start of the tour.

Among the exhibits in the buildings will be the works of some of Tubac’s early art colonists as well as current artists and the chronicling of one of Old Town Tubac’s adobe building preservation projects. 

The Tubac Historical Society and Lowe House Project are 501 (c ) (3) non-profit organizations. The Old Town Tubac Historic Adobe Building Tour is one of several special events scheduled in celebration of the Tubac Historical Society’s 50th anniversary of its establishment in 1967. The Lowe House Project artist in residency program, celebrating its third year, continues the tradition of “Tubac: Where Art and History Meet” in the historic Lowe House which has housed working artists since 1965.

For more information and registration call THS at (520) 398-2020 or email requests (including number of registrants, email address and phone number)  to info@ths-tubac.org.   

For more information about the Tubac Historical Society visit ths-tubac.org. Information about the Lowe House Project can be found by visiting lowehouseproject.com 

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