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    Fort Lowell Historic District - 7

    Fort Lowell MuseumAcres: 46.53

    Period of Significance: 300-1400 / 1873-1952

    Description: Located at the confluence of Pantano Wash and Tanque Verde Creek, where the Rillito River forms, is Fort Lowell Park. Where the pithouse villages of ancestral Native Americans stood, the United States Army built a supply base between 1873 and 1891 during the “Apache Campaigns” to protect settlers, freighters, and ranchers. The base location was selected in part to avoid malarial conditions near the Tucson Presidio on the Santa Cruz River and there, soldiers built Officers’ quarters, barracks, stables, a commissary, hospital, kitchens, a bake house, all surrounding a parade ground. Today, the ruins have been acquired for future restoration.

     

    Indian Ridge Neighborhood Historic District - 8

    Indian Ridge NeighborhoodAcres: 190.70

    Listed on National Register: 7/6/2010

    Period of Significance: 1955-1964

    Description: The Indian Ridge Historic District—a mid-twentieth century automobile-oriented, planned residential neighborhood with limited entry points, intended for the middle-class—was part of an eastward building boom to accommodate post-World War II housing demands. Replacing homesteads and farmland in the area through rezoning and subdivision development, residences were designed as single-story Ranch-style homes. Design elements includes exposed brick and carports. The floor plans, facades, materials, and colors were restricted to expedite construction while minor façade modifications were introduced, instilling a sense of individuality between homes. Landscaping includes a manicured layout of native and non-native vegetation, synonymous with post-World War II subdivisions.

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