The Romero House is located at the northeast corner of the Historic Block. Although it has undergone numerous alterations, part of the building is believed to date from the 19th Century. It has been maintained not only for its historical significance (its north wall is believed to contain remnants of the original Presidio wall), but also exemplifies the evolution of a home and its occupants.
Its original resident, Leonardo Romero, was the town carpenter. He became well known for his work on the San Xavier Mission and other important Tucson landmarks. The home continued as a residence for many years but also provided space to various businesses. Physical changes include equipping it with facilities for a restaurant and removing an entire section of the corner for a drive through gas station. The station later failed and the corner was filled with brick. The house as it stands today is an L-shaped structure. It is impossible to know whether the original was L-shaped or if it was two separate buildings later joined together.
Today, the Romero House is home to the popular ceramics program administered by the Museum’s education department. Offering classes for both adults and children, the Romero House features hand building and wheel rooms as well as both electric and gas kilns.
For Your Information
Records for buildings on the historic block are housed in the Research Library and open to the public during regular library hours.