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Professor Foucar's New Home, 1902
North West of Campus 1902


A 1902 panorama shows Old Main (far left) and looking northwest. This is an extension of the picture that shows
Professor Foucar's newly built house. In the distance, 745 East First, Miss Goodin's home showing to the left
of the president's house, Professor Blake's stone house built in 1894, then West Cottage
. Note that West Cottage
is in both pictures to give a better idea of relationship of the buildings on campus. The time must be spring or
summer from the amount of leaves on the trees and the grass to right foreground. In the left foreground are the
tennis courts with tall fence.
Photo courtesy Special Collections, University of Arizona Library.
Views 1890-1910
, N-624 (partial)

Illustration identifying apartment house 745 E. 1st St., Goodin home, UA Presidents home, Park Ave. and Taque Verde Road, Blake home, West Cottage

Illustration noting location of West Cottage, East Cottage, Louise Foucar Home, and North Hall
These two illustrations by Patricia Stephenson note the locations of various buildings
shown in the above 1902 panorama.

In 1901 Professor Foucar bought the first of many lots she would soon buy along First Street. The very first was on the southwest comer of Eucild Avenue and First Street. On the northwest comer (never part of the Foucar/Marshall properties) 745 East First, a two story brick building was built in 1901, is still there in 1990.

In 1901 Miss Frances Goodin bought a lot from Althur Feldman and built a brick house at 947 East First Street for herself and her mother. She was twenty-four years old and taught in the public schools; later, she would teach art and history at Roskruge. I remember her quite well, particularly when I was ten years old. One of her many summer travels was to Damascus; there she bought a robe for me. It was coral with gold threads. She often invited my mother and me to tea and her home had many interesting things because of her talent in art and her travels. I thought to be invited there was quite elegant. In 1989 her former home became part of the site for the Islamic Center of Tucson.

The William Phipps Blake home was an imposing stone house constructed in 1894 at a cost of $16,000. Since the legislature had appropriated only $25,000 to build an entire university, this was a large sum for a house. Blake was by far the most distinguished member of the faculty.

The Burro '03 was dedicated to him. A brief listing of his worldwide accomplishments starting in 1852 took two pages. He came to the UA from UC Berkeley because of health problems of two of his six adult children. His daughter, Constantia, married UA botanist, James Tourney.

The Blake house was at the end of First Street. In May, 1910, Blake, age eighty-four, was in Berkeley to help UC celebrate its fiftieth anniversary and to receive an honorary award. He died there later that week. It was never again a private home. Since it was at the end of my street, I saw it every day. The house had various uses, sometimes abandoned, other times group housing. It was torn down in 1957 for the construction of Manzanita-Mohave Hall.

The Robert Forbes house can be seen behind East Cottage on Olive Road. He owned the land between the Blake and Foucar homes, called it Olive Hill, sold lots on Olive road. He lived a long and energetic life. I remember him quite well. The Agriculture building is now named for him.

Starting in 1901, Louise Foucar bought building lots on Euclid near First street from Alther Feldman and continued for several years to make purchases from him. In early summer 1903, she bought the land on which she built the Santa Catalina Apartments at 803 and 811 East First.

Professor Foucar's new home seems to be part of the campus but is actually just across the road.
Professor Foucar's new home seems to be part of the campus but is actually just across
the road. Map by Zebulon Pierce . Student survey map of 1903 shows both the Foucar and
Blake homes, and a never-built extension of the trolley line. Courtesy Special Collections,
University of Arizona Library

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