Corbett House Days

June 23 / 2016

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Contact:  Laura Cortelyou, Director of PR and Marketing
(520) 616-2687

Corbett House Days are July 26 – August 26, 2016

at the Tucson Museum of Art

TUCSON, ARIZONA (June 20, 2016)  – The Tucson Museum of Art presents a month-long celebration of the J. Knox Corbett House, a local treasure of Mission Revival style architecture and design built in 1907, and a significant part of the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block. Special programs include daily tours of the Corbett House during Museum hours, a free first Thursday twilight evening tour August 4, 2016, with live music on the Corbett porch, and a closing dinner Friday, August 26, 2016, to raise money for restoring the Museum’s historic properties.

More than 40 years ago, architectural preservationists began a decades-long effort to preserve and restore adobe and turn-of-the-century residences downtown. The El Presidio Historic District received national historic status by being listed in the National Register of Places in 1976. The J. Knox Corbett House became the El Presidio District neighborhood’s only museum house, as part of the Tucson Museum of Art’s four-acre campus. Over the years, many prominent Tucsonans contributed leadership, time, skills, and donations of money, materials, and objects, making the J. Knox Corbett House a success story of cooperative preservation and restoration efforts between private citizens, the Tucson Museum of Art, and the City of Tucson.

Virginia and Lee McAlester, authors of the definitive book, A Field Guide to America’s Historic Neighborhoods and Museum Houses: The Western States (1998), describe the J. Knox Corbett House as being, “particularly important, as it is one of only a few Mission-style house museums in the country.”

“TMA takes its role as the steward of priceless architectural resources very seriously,” said Jeremy Mikolajczak, Chief Executive Officer. “The J. Knox Corbett House represents the community’s shared history of place through its continuous use and embodiment of architectural character, fine craftsmanship, preservation, and documentation of the Corbett Family.”

“When the Corbett family lived in the home between 1907 to 1963, it hosted clubs, meetings, and threw exciting parties throughout the year. It was the social hub of Tucson,” said Christine Brindza, Glasser Curator of Art of the American West. “Corbett House Days brings the property to life again, celebrating the fascinating history of this significant local family, as well as the rare examples of ceramics and furniture on display from the Arts and Crafts Movement.”

Corbett House Days Programs & Events

Corbett House Days Daily Tours – Tuesday, July 26 – Friday, August 26, 2016
Tuesday – Sunday; 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday; 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Free with Museum admission

Get to know the J. Knox Corbett House up close with daily docent-led tours.

Free First Thursday: Corbett House by Twilight
Thursday, August 4, 2016, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Admission

Enjoy a special twilight tour of the Corbett House at 6:00 p.m., then relax in the gardens while listening to live music at 7:00 p.m. on the Corbett House porch.

Restore + Celebrate: Corbett House
Friday, August 26, 2016
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
$50 per person

You are invited to the first of a new series of events focused on building the Museum’s Historic Block Restoration Fund. The evening begins with a champagne toast on the grounds of the Corbett House, followed by dinner catered by Café a la C’Art inside the Museum lobby. While you dine, enjoy live music and a special presentation by Christine Brindza, Glasser Curator of Art of the American West, on the legacy of the J. Knox Corbett House.

Phone: (520) 624-2333

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