Tucson’s oldest abode: a debate between history and mystery

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Determining Tucson’s oldest building comes down to two contenders: La Casa Cordova: This one-story adobe house possibly dates back to 1848. Its Mexican townhouse design hints at Tucson’s Mexican period.

While not definitively the oldest, La Casa Cordova holds the title of Tucson’s oldest residence. Presidio San Agustin del Tucson Walls: Although not fully intact, sections of these walls lay claim to Tucson’s architectural roots. Built by Spanish military officer Hugo O’Conor in 1775, the Presidio was a fort until its demolition in 1853. But excavations revealed remnants that link it to Tucson’s earliest days as a Spanish colonial outpost.

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