The Corbett House, an elegant two-story, stucco-covered brick structure built in the mission revival style, was completed in 1907 and lived in by members of the Corbett family for fifty-six years. J. Knox Corbett and his wife Lizzie Hughes Corbett built the house on the northwest corner of the block next to the Stevens House. When Hiram Stevens died in 1893, his wife Petra appealed to Lizzie Corbett, her niece and goddaughter, to live near her and promised the deed to the lot if they would consent. With the advent of new architectural styles emerging in Tucson, the surrounding area became a prime location for exclusive residences and the Corbett House fit right in. It had a commanding view of the city and served an important civil function as a meeting place for many clubs to which the Corbett family belonged.
The house was furnished with rich mahogany furniture and European imports. There was also an elaborately carved buffet decorated with animal motifs and handmade brass hardware made for the Corbett family by a grateful employee. The house has a full basement which once housed a water cooling tower, one of Tucson’s first air conditioning systems. Upstairs, in a small attic room, gin was manufactured during prohibition.
Today, the completely refurbished house features an extensive collection of beautiful and unique decorative objects from the Arts and Crafts era.
Regular Corbett House Hours
The Corbett House is open every Wednesday, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Tours are offered Wednesdays at 11:00 AM; meet in the Museum lobby. Free with Museum admission. Please call the Museum Store at 520-624-2333 ext. 117 to confirm the day of your desired Wednesday.
Holiday Corbett House Hours
The Corbett House is decorated with holiday finery and has special extended hours between Thanksgiving and December 31.
During the holidays the Corbett House is open weekdays 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sundays 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Free with Museum admission.
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.