When: Noon-5 p.m., Saturday, November 14, 2015

Starts At: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 545 S 5th Ave.

Benefits: Armory Park’s own Neighbors Feeding Neighbors Program
Cost: $20.

You can buy tickets at St. Andrew’s on tour day.  Or to pay in advance, click on the following link and designate “Home Tour” for your donation. Print your receipt and bring it to the home tour. That will serve as your ticket:

For information call 520/730-7919, or email


Now that we have that out of the way, a bit about our neighborhood…

Journey through Tucson’s architectural evolution on Saturday, November 14, when downtown denizens open their doors for the Armory Park Historic District Tour. This self-guided stroll offers a glimpse at styles ranging from California bungalow and dainty Victorian to clever, contemporary, adaptations of vintage commercial buildings. Continue reading “ARMORY PARK HISTORIC DISTRICT TOUR 2015!”

Neighbors comments about our history

Armory Park neighbors history comments:

Railroad executives built homes, many of which are on each side of Railroad Street, and were built in the style of the East (Queen Anne, brick) to remind them of home, I suppose. They typically have two front doors, one for the family and the other for an office or for other executives who visited. My house has a dirt basement opening from the outside with ledges built in for the railroad workers to sleep where they would be cooler, if not very comfortable. –Nancy Myers

Our neighborhood developed and grew as a result of the railroad so there should be more of its history reflected in any art project depicting Armory Park. The Queen Anne style homes, Victorians, etc. were made possible because red brick and lumber was more plentiful now that the railroad came through here (1880). Folks could actually build their home with a peaked roof, wrap around porch and out materials other than adobe. In fact some of the existing adobe structures had porches added just to blend in to the “new” style of home sprouting up in the area. My own family worked for the Southern Pacific railroad for three generations starting with my grandfather (laborer) back in the early 1920s until retirement in the late 1940s, then my dad (mechanic/welder) from the late 1930s until he passed away in 1972. One of my cousins retired about ten years ago after a very successful run of about 30 plus years in sales for now the Union Pacific. 

Finding a home in Armory Park during housing shortages was quite the achievement and the motivations were: 1. proximity to work-the railroad yard on 22nd street and cherry/aviation was located at Toole as was the Round House (back in the day of steam engines and the tower previously located in what is now Armory Park del Sol. PFE (Pacific Fruit Express) also had a significant presence in the neighborhood.

2. Good school nearby–Safford still stands despite a shaky reputation in the 1950s and 1960s–much improved since I attended during that era and 

3. A Catholic Church –All Saints-now a condemned building on the southwest corner of 14th Street and 6th Ave.

Great place to grow up, to live, to retire, to enjoy all of Tucson’s vibrant offerings in art, history, nearby museums and educational institutions, spiritual development and continuing the welcoming spirit of the southwest. Oh, and the plethora of downtown restaurants, a new grocery store, and for the most part, good, solid decent neighbors. Now, bring on the retailers that were part of the history!


The focus of Armory Park was, indeed, the SPRR after its arrival in 1880.  The maintenance yard was located where AP del Sol now is.  Homes of managers, on the east side of 3rd Ave., were torn down when the yard was moved eastward as downtown grew, so SP didn’t have to pay the high taxes on them.  Lower level staff & laborers lived in many of the small houses along the alleys (now dedicated avenues) & streets.  Many of the larger avenue houses (& even some smaller houses, like mine) have a second front (or other) door that led to a single room that was rented out to temporary/transient RR laborers.  There are also what used to be rooming houses for these workers

Continue reading “Neighbors comments about our history”

Flooding Info – Wednesday, Sept. 16

We received a letter from the city per the huracán rolling through:

Neighborhood Leaders,
With heavy rain and potential flooding projected over the next few days, the City has established a Web Alert Page where  you can find the latest roadway, flooding, and safety information.  We appreciate your assistance in getting the word out to your neighbors.
Becky Flores
Neighborhood Resources Coordinator
Office of Integrated Planning

Tucson Water Zanjero Program

Evening Armory Parkers!

We had a great meeting tonight, and I for one learned a lot about water, or rather, why using water costs money.  Our presenter, Fernando Molina of Tucson Water, mentioned the Zanjero Program, which can provide you with a free audit at your home (i.e. find leaks, etc).  If you’re interested, please see the info plagiarized from their website below: Continue reading “Tucson Water Zanjero Program”

The Next Nine Months

Evening Armory Park residents,

At the most recent Downtown Neighborhoods and Residents Council, I learned that there are a great number of projects, of all shapes and sizes, that will either hit significant mile posts, break ground, or be completed within the next nine months. I’ve included a list here to give you a taste of what’s to come, for better or worse: Continue reading “The Next Nine Months”

Local Noise Ordinance

Evening Everyone,

I want to let you all know about a recent collaboration between representatives from Armory Park, Barrio Viejo, WUNA, FAMA, DID, Downtown Tucson Merchants, TPD and other residents, business managers, property owners and stakeholders to revise the local noise ordinance so that there are distinct standards for businesses in the Downtown area (the “Downtown Entertainment Area”—as opposed to the Entertainment District you may have heard of in the news). Continue reading “Local Noise Ordinance”

Easter at St. Andrew's

Greetings Armory Parkers,

Easter is upon us, and we wanted to keep everyone in the loop about some of our offerings at St. Andrew’s. For a complete list of our services and events, please visit or our Facebook page at St. Andrew’s Tucson. Here are some highlights: Continue reading “Easter at St. Andrew's”

General Meeting Information

March 11, 2014 – 7:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall

Hi Neighbors,

I wanted to extend another invitation to our General Meeting.  During the meeting, representatives from Poster, Frost, Mirto will discuss the Downtown Links Land Use Urban Design Plan (as well as some fantastic acronyms). The “DLUOD” will help “carry forward the revitalization goals and objectives of the greater Tucson Downtown, the adjacent neighborhoods, the adjacent districts, and the various property owners and stakeholders.”  In addition, they seek to avoid controversies like those seen at the Maingate development and The District, and to help launch the planning process for the Streetcar Land Use and Development Implementation Plan (“SLUP”).

I’ve attached documents forwarded by their representative, Evren Sonmez, which outline their work and show exactly where the proposed changes will affect Armory Park. Please take a look:

Also, representatives from Tucson Hullabaloo and Cyclovia have been invited to discuss their upcoming events. I think most are familiar with Cyclovia, but if not, their website is here: Hullabaloo is joining forces with Cyclovia this year to bring family activities and live music to Armory Park on April 5th and 6th.  They’re hoping for a great turn out. But with the increased number of park visitors (they estimate between 6,000 and 8,000 participants), they want to reach out and learn how they can make the Hullabaloo an enjoyable experience for everyone, including neighbors near the park.  Please join us on Tuesday to learn more.

Last but not least, take a look at our spiffy new newsletter if you haven’t received one yet:

Armory Park Newsletter

Thanks as always,