City High School to Unveil New Facade of Howard & Stofft Building on Pennington
February 3, 2014
In the midst of an unprecedented renaissance downtown, another historic building Downtown is being dusted off and made new again. Opened in 1941 as Howard & Stofft Stationers, the small storefront at 37 East Pennington Street (east of Ike’s Coffee & Tea and the Pioneer Hotel), long boarded up, has seen a flurry of activity recently. New tile, door frames, storefront glass, and a new sign – all carefully modeled after the original design – will bring the building back to its original look.
City High School recently purchased the Howard & Stofft building in August 2013, along with the neighboring Cele Peterson building, where the school has resided for the past ten years. “Buying the buildings was a pivotal milestone for us as we move into our second decade at City High School. Our school has always been dedicated to creating a livable and lively Downtown, and investing in these two historic buildings is one more way we can accomplish that goal,” stated Carrie Brennan, City High School’s principal and executive director.
City High School was selected for a façade renovation grant from the Downtown Tucson Partnership almost two years ago and the project was originally scheduled to take in the fall of 2012. The project was put on hold, however, until the building purchase was complete. Once the sale was finalized, all of the players came back together to resume the project. Matching funds came from the Southwestern Foundation and El Pueblo Integral Teaching & Learning Collaborative, a key education partner of City High School.
“I am thrilled that the project has come to fruition,” said Michael Keith, CEO of the Downtown Tucson Partnership. “This is the ninth project to go through our façade program since 2009. Like the others before it, the renovation of this 1940s storefront contributes significantly to our re-development efforts, preserves downtown’s historic identity, and bolsters the area’s economic development. By removing the last boarded up building on Pennington, City High School is making a major difference Downtown.”
City High School will host a “Renovation Celebration” for the public during 2nd Saturdays Downtown on February 8, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. The Howard & Stofft building will be open to view the façade renovation up close. There will be a presentation and sign lighting at 4:45 p.m. The event will also celebrate City High School’s 10th anniversary and welcome Paulo Freire Freedom School to downtown. Enjoy student musical performances. Light appetizers and drinks will be served.