02 Jun Barrio Historicoe encounters which are reflective of the Moorish cultural inheritance that the Spanish brought here first centuries ago.
It has been a super busy and fun week that has gone by very fast as we gear up to undertake the first phase of the process to achieve National Historic Landmark (NHL) Status for one of Tucson’s oldest neighborhoods. The response by volunteers willing to help us on this project has been really astounding, and to see how many people care about the history of this Southwestern city has been very heartwarming. We have since divided our volunteer groups into three divisions – (1) a data entry team; (2) a historical research team; and (3) a fieldwork team. The research team has been charged with uncovering title documents and historical information regarding the 400 properties we will be surveying to acquire NHL status. The fieldwork team is out in the Barrio recording architectural details of each and every property in our survey zone, and uploading that information to an App known as Fulcrum. Finally we have the data entry team, who are currently uploading the information from about 53 Historic American Building Survey (HABS) reports done in 1980 to our database which already have their title histories and associated data. I have been tasked with helping manage and organize these groups into a schedule with AM and PM shifts to start tackling this important project. NHL status for the Barrio will entail a greater public profile for the historic quarter on the national level and open up a lot of technical assistance from the National Park Service in multiple fields such as conservation.