National Historic District Designation (and what it means to you)
The National Register of Historic Places recently completed (11/29/2013)a survey of the Sam Hughes boundary (Speedway to Broadway and Country Club to Campbell). The entire neighborhood is now officially a National Historic District. Typically, any owner-occupied home that is at least 50 years old and whose facade has not been dramatically changed nor has a high wall been constructed is considered "contributing." If your property has received such a designation, you may qualify for a reduction in your real estate taxes.
To find out your property's designation and to see a sample application, go to the Himmel Park Library and ask for the materials. The application itself is available from the Pima County Assessor's Office, located downtown in the old county courthouse building. There is more information, including applications you can download, at the State Historic Preservation Office.
Now that our entire neighborhood has been classified a "National Historic District," we are publicly proclaiming our designation with signage at 61 locations on the perimeter of our boundary and "on the T" (Tucson Blvd. & 6th St). Some of the proceeds from a previous year's home tour and a grant from the Southwestern Foundation helped fund this project.