The Blenman House was constructed in 1878 by Charles Rivers Drake. It is thought to be the only example of San Francisco-style Victorian architecture built in Territorial-style adobe mud. While Drake used 20 inch thick adobe bricks for the home's exterior, it is the interior's wood detailing and leaded-glass skylights that distinguish it from any other homes in Tucson. Drake lived in the home until the late 1890s when he sold the home to Charles Blenman and relocated to Southern California.
Within this website we feature QuickTime Virtual Realitiy (QTVR) panoramas of the lobby and six rooms that today carry the names of Charles Blenman's children. The QTVR panoramas were masterfully created by Gary Mackender of the UA's VR Annex.
Listen to Jeff DiGregorio's digital story about the Blenman House to learn about its history and distinctive qualities.