La Casa Cordova

Preservation Project Has Begun

La Casa Cordova, which was built within the area enclosed by the Presidio wall, is arguably the oldest adobe home in downtown Tucson. Some historians believe that La Casa’s original rooms may predate the Gadsden Purchase of 1854 – a date based on the two back rooms on the south side, which appear on the 1862 Major D. Ferguson map, the earliest known map of Tucson. La Casa Cordova is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

La Casa Cordova is named for the Cordova family who acquired the building in 1936 and lived there from 1944 until 1973. El Nacimiento, the largest and longest-running nativity scene in the southwest, was created in the 1970s by Maria Luisa Tena, and is located in the home.

TMA’s much anticipated renovation of La Casa Cordova is underway thanks to generous funding from Mr. and Mrs. William A. Small, Jr. founders of the Stonewall Foundation, a fund of the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona. with additional support from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  We thank Bob Vint of Bob Vint of Vint & Associates Architects for his work on this project. Bob was involved with earlier renovation projects at La Casa Cordova and has applied his previous knowledge of the property to this latest effort to reopen the historic building to the public. We also thank Eric Means of Means Building, LLC whose talented crew began work on the adobe exterior in early January 2024.

If all goes as planned, La Casa Cordova will reopen in time for TMA’s Centennial Block Party on Sunday, November 10, 2024. We can’t think of a more exciting way to celebrate the 100th Birthday of the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block!

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