Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, La Casa Cordova is one of the oldest buildings in Tucson. It has been named for the Cordova family who acquired the building in 1936 and lived in it from 1944 until 1973. The Cordova family believed the original part of their home was constructed when Tucson was a village in the Mexican State of Sonora.
La Casa Cordova was built within the area enclosed by the Presidio wall. Some historians believe that the original rooms may predate the Gadsden Purchase of 1854. The acceptance of an early date of construction is based on the fact that the oldest portion of the building, the two back rooms on the south side, appears on the earliest known map of Tucson, the 1862 Major D. Ferguson map.
A separate room to the north houses the annual presentation of the popular El Nacimiento exhibition. The installation contains a multitude of scenes that tell the Christmas story, and also shows many cleverly constructed and beautifully lighted settings from Mexican family life. El Nacimiento has been presented every year since 1978 from November to March and has become a Tucson tradition.
The enclosed courtyard has recently been restored with historically accurate downspouts, and a new brick walkway to welcome all visitors.
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.