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The University of Arizona Student, 1901-1903
Scenes from Tom's Photo Albums Old Barrio

St. Augustine Cathedral on South Stone Avenue, c. 1903. This was the principal church of the Catholic Diocese at that time and of tremendous importance to the nearby barrios located to the south and west.
St. Augustine Cathedral on South Stone Avenue, c. 1903. This was the principal
church of the Catholic Diocese at that time and of tremendous importance to the
nearby barrios located to the south and west. According to the 1961 guide
"Buildings of Architectural Significance in Tucson," St. Augustine's Cathedral's
was a "colonial type of construction, utilizing heavy masonry walls of local
burnt brick, originally with cinder footing and Ashlar stone foundation. Original
tower terminated 40 feet above ground. In 1929 the building was raised another
40 feet, after underpinning, removing cinder bottom, and replacing with reinforced
concrete footing. This was accomplished in four-foot sections. Superstructure was
continued in brick with concrete slabs and dome. Plastered on outside and made
to conform with Mission arachitecture of the Southwest. Cathedral glass imported
from Munich, Germany.

People of the Barrio

A small girl on the street at the southern edge of the barrio where the homes were still separated.
A small girl on the street at the southern edge of the barrio where the homes
were still separated.

Harkening back to an earlier time. Two people of the barrio c. 1903.

Barrio Woman approaching a well

Barrio woman carrying jug of water on head

 

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