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Alma mater of eminent personalities like Kristen Wiig, Greg Kinnear and Nicole Richie, the University of Arizona is a developmental institute with a futuristic stride, yet staying grounded to its roots. The university has been a pioneer in the fields of planetary sciences, and has also worked closely with NASA on a range of projects. University of Arizona was founded in 1885, before Arizona was even a state, making it the first university in the state. In 1891, the first classes were held in the university's first building, Old Main, with only 35 students. Today, Old Main is still in use, along with many more buildings that have sprouted over the years. Its campus, a canvas of quadrants and rolling, open fields, the university is home to the charismatic and athletic Arizona Wildcats.
This district was once considered the Mexican-American side of Tucson. It has been called Barrio Viejo or Barrio Libre since its Mexican inhabitants were more or less free to follow their own laws in the old days. That has changed, but the area has preserved its distinctly Mexican flavor with flat-roofed adobe (mud-brick) houses and roofs made from saguaro ribs and packed dirt (providing great insulation in the extreme Tucson climate). Some of Tucson's oldest structures can be found here and many of them nicely restored. Since most have been converted into private homes or offices, your visit will have to be confined to the exteriors.
This building, designed in 1929 by Los Angeles architect M. Eugene Durfee, once belonged to the chain of movie theaters showing Fox Studio productions and was decorated with those Art Deco motifs that were typical of the movie houses of the period. After long years of falling into disrepair and neglect since 1974, it is now in the process of being renovated and revitalized, due to the much-publicized efforts of a group of conservationist citizens. Today it hosts a variety of live performances, including concerts, musicals, and lectures.