Historic Pima County Courthouse

February 26, 2020

When bids came in low to build the a new Pima County courthouse in 1928, the Board of Supervisors used the extra money to order tile for the 100-foot-tall dome (Photo/DTP).


Under Construction:

Pima County is continuing to renovate the historic former courthouse that will become a Southern Arizona tourism center in the heart of Downtown. The space will house a regional visitor center anchored by Visit Tucson, Pima County Attractions and Tourism and the UA Gem and Mineral Museum. The former courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. The exterior of the courthouse building was repainted to match the original color.

Exterior rehabilitation is complete as of September 2017, according to Poster Frost Mirto(architect). Visit Tucson is the first of the three confirmed tenants to move into the space. Pima Attractions and Tourism occupies the part of the second floor with Visit Tucson. There is 4,500 sqft of additional space that the County is being selective on who the tenant will be; the tenant will most likely be congruent with the other tourism sector tenants. The new Southern Arizona Heritage & Visitor Center  is now open on the ground floor of the courthouse very day of the week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The UA College of Science will relocate its Gem and Mineral Museum to a 11,700 sq ft space on the first floor of the courthouse as well as a research lab, community and storage to a 9,200 sq ft space on the lower level. According to UA Planning Design and Construction, construction is ongoing with occupancy of the lower level lab and storage areas scheduled for May.


Pima County Courthouse In the News:

New visitor center opens in downtown Tucson

Southern Arizona’s snazzy new visitors center just opened inside the Historic Pima County Courthouse

Photos: Pima County’s new visitors center

Mineral Museum getting a new home in an old downtown landmark as county approves lease

Pima County Courthouse receives new tenants

Old Pima Courthouse to Get New Tenants

Supervisors to Vote on Two New Tenants for Old Courthouse

Hue knew? Unearthed original color replacing pink shade of Old Pima County Courthouse

Restoration work at the Old Courthouse reveals interesting findings

Old Pima County Courthouse to lose its memorable pink color

Old Pima County courthouse getting 1st makeover since 1954

The Pima County Courthouse to receive a historical upgrade