Inside the Sunshine Mile

TMW-Web-Art-2019-Sunshine-Mile

$10 per person (no charge for children 12 and under)

Check in and orientation will be at 2631 E Broadway Blvd. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event.

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As part of its annual Architecture Week, on Saturday, Oct.5, 2019 between 2 and 5 p.m., the American Institute of Architects Southern Arizona Chapter will host a tour of two blocks of the area known as the Sunshine Mile. The event, open to the general public, features the “activation” of over 25 currently vacant store fronts located on the north side of Broadway Blvd. between N. Plumer Ave. and N. Treat Ave.

The historic Sunshine Mile, named by the East Broadway Merchants in 1953, features Post-World War II designs by notable Tucson architects including Nicholas Sakellar, Bernie Friedman, Anne Rysdale, and Cecil Moore. The AIASA intends to showcase these examples of mid-century modern architecture along with leading the public conversation about the importance of place making within our community.

In addition, the AIASA is coordinating with the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation on several events over the first two weeks of October on the Sunshine Mile. Public participatory art will be available to discuss the revitalization of the blocks and the Sunshine Mile Urban Overlay District that is within the Rio Nuevo TIFF District.

What to expect

Selective store fronts on the Friedman Block and the Solot Plaza will be opened, and participants will be invited to view:

  • Mid-century modern and contemporary drawing exhibit
  • Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) Competition drawing entries
  • AIASA Firm Boards Traveling Exhibit
  • Currently empty store fronts activated with displays
  • Information on the future of the buildings and the Sunshine Mile Urban Overlay District

Food trucks will be on-site at the Friedman Block.

A portion of the proceeds go to funding the UofA CAPLA Design Excellence Awards.

Click here to listen to the Arizona Spotlight segment on NPR featuring the Sunshine Mile!

Image credits

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Sakellar pllc

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