Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Passageway off Cushing Street


In the Barrio Historico, built between the 1860's and the 1920's, an area of Hispanic cultural and architectural traditions. Once the home of Spanish ranchers needing a residence in town to be near schools and churches, later adopted by American Anglo-Saxons, Russians, Germans, Italians and later Chinese immigrants. The majority of its residents were working class - bakers, blacksmiths, saloonkeepers and shopkeepers.

3 Comments:

Blogger Kate said...

Louz, is this like an alley between houses -- a very narrow thoroughfare? The floor tiles are that amazing shade so prevalent in the Southwest.

4:18 AM  
Blogger Louz said...

The oldest houses were built right up against the street, with hidden patios and common areas behind walls, accessed I think by these narrow walkways. From when Tucson was Spanish and then Mexican, a good architecture for a hot climate without air conditioning.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Meg Nakagawa said...

And now is this a protected area, like a museum?, or do people still live here? Looks lovely!

9:14 PM  

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