The old Pima County Courthouse was constructed in 1929 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. It was designed by Roy Place, arguably the most accomplished architect in Tucson’s history, and has been described as the best example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture in Arizona. It sits at the very heart of downtown, within the footprint of the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson and represents the birthplace of government and civic life in the valley. The restoration of this compelling work makes major contributions to downtown revitalization, historic preservation, and Pima County’s inventory of fine buildings.
Poster Mirto McDonald is proud to lead design efforts for this multi-phase re-purposing of the Courthouse as a tourism center for Southern Arizona, to be anchored by a new Regional Visitor Center, the University of Arizona Gem and Mineral Museum, new office suites for Visit Tucson and Pima County Attractions and Tourism, and the restoration of the historic Dillinger Courtroom. Completed exterior improvements include preservation of the building’s iconic mosaic tiled dome, restoration of the building’s original 1929 paint colors, and rehabilitation of clay tile roofing and historic copper gutters. PMM is designing repurposed contemporary interiors and collaborating with Ralph Appelbaum Associates to assist in the design of exhibits, galleries, and visitor attractions.
Location : Tucson Arizona
Year of Completion : 2020
Size : 87,000 square feet
Cost : $16.5M (Construction) and $5.3M (Exhibits)