Historic Designation

Broadmoor-Broadway Village has been considering historic designation ever since the early 2000s, when the majority of our homes began reaching the necessary 50 years in age.

In a 2009 survey on neighborhood priorities, BBVNA neighbors gave Historic Designation top priority. Reasons for this interest included recognition of our early history, providing a measure of protection for the neighborhood against unwanted or uncontrolled development, achieving a level of real estate “prestige” that tends to bring increases in demand and property values, and a very significant (approximately 40%) property tax reduction for all eligible “contributing properties” within the neighborhood.  In the Spring of 2010, a group of neighbors came together to begin discussions and early planning.

While it may not seem that old, this neighborhood really does have a compelling case. It was a very notable early residential development in post-World War II Tucson, bringing, for the first time, design features to middle class home buyers that previously had only been available in upper class developments. In 2015, the City of Tucson’s Historic Preservation Office compiled a list of all post-war neighborhoods that might be considered for historic status, and ranked Broadmoor-Broadway Village in the top 10 of the most likely to successfully gain it.

After that City report was issued, we engaged the services of Chris Evans, an historic architectural consultant, and our work began in earnest. The process involves creation of a document to “nominate” the neighborhood for “Historic District” status, and for its inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.  The first step was to develop and submit a Recommendation for Potential Eligibility (“ROPE”) document to the State Historic Preservation Office (“SHPO”) in Phoenix. Chris did this for us in late 2015, and it was quickly and enthusiastically approved by SHPO. Now, Chris is working on the full nomination package.  It is a very detailed, time-consuming process, involving research and documentation on both a neighborhood and house-by-house basis. The current estimate is that the nomination will be completed and submitted by September, 2019. It must then be reviewed and approved by our City Historic Preservation Office, by SHPO, and by the Keeper of the National Register before we can claim success.  

(UPDATE Dec 2019:  The nomination document was indeed completed in Sep 2019, and is now making is way through the review process.)

The neighborhood has worked hard to raise the money to pay for this work. Money was raised through a combination of neighbor donations, volunteer efforts to help Chris with research, and fundraising events and projects.  Then, in August of 2018, we were approved by SHPO for a City-administered grant of almost $16,000. This has made the path to our fundraising endpoint much more achievable, and we expect to soon have what we need to finish this project.  

(UPDATE Dec 2019:  The grant was completed and the money fully received.  It, plus the matching funds raised by the neighborhood, paid for Chris' work to complete the nomination document.)

For more information, we recommend:

  • Read the text of the ROPE for a better understanding of our case for historic status.
  • Are you a contributing property owner and thinking about modifications to your house? Read “Save your steel windows” about how to preserve your home’s historic status.
  • Need to know if your home is a contributing property? A letter went out in June, 2018 providing the full list. But if you are not sure, contact us at the email address below, and we can try to help.
  • Want to donate?  Click on “I want to contribute” to find out how.