Thursday, July 06, 2006

City of Tucson may take lead in saving church

[Source: Teya Vitu, Tucson Citizen] -- A corner falling off the adobe Marist College building next to St. Augustine Cathedral last summer could spur a revitalization project for the vacant 1916 structure. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson is willing to turn the building over to the city if the city will restore the white French neoclassic structure, now draped with a blue tarp, across from the Tucson Convention Center.

A possible city commitment hinges on results of a building-condition-assessment report to begin this month. An answer should be ready by the end of September, said Albert Elias, director of the city's urban planning and design department. "I think the building is significant," said Elias, whose department includes the Tucson Historic Preservation Office. "It's one of the few multistory adobe buildings anywhere, not just Tucson."

[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: Gary Gaynor, Tucson Citizen]