Tucson's beautiful domes

Tucson's beautiful domes

Sure, I love the tiled dome of the old county courthouse. The west bell tower at San Xavier is graceful and the mission's cupola is splendid. But there are handsome domes all over the city.

My favorite is at the Iglesia Bautista on South Stone Avenue downtown. Built in 1933, the church doesn't get the attention of its domed neighbors -- San Augustine Cathedral and the Jewish History Museum -- but the proportions of this small, simple church root it to the Barrio Viejo neighborhood. The American Baptist Home Mission society spent $9,000 to build the church for Spanish speakers. Its first minister told a reporter for the Tucson Citizen years later that it was difficult to attract members in the heavily Catholic neighborhood. By 1939, he reported membership of 136. The church still operates today with what appears to be a smaller congregation.  

My favorite is at the Iglesia Bautista on South Stone Avenue downtown. Built in 1933, the church doesn't get the attention of its domed neighbors -- San Augustine Cathedral and the Jewish History Museum -- but the proportions of this small, simple church root it to the Barrio Viejo neighborhood.

The American Baptist Home Mission society spent $9,000 to build the church for Spanish speakers. Its first minister told a reporter for the Tucson Citizen years later that it was difficult to attract members in the heavily Catholic neighborhood. By 1939, he reported membership of 136. The church still operates today with what appears to be a smaller congregation.

 

Temple Emanu-el on South Stone, built in 1910, was the first synagogue in what was then the Arizona territory. Services were held there until 1949. It's now part of the Jewish History Museum complex. When I see these domes siihouetted in the sky just before the sun comes up it reminds me how brief my time will be. These domes were in my neighborhood long before any of us and -- I hope -- long after we are gone.

Temple Emanu-el on South Stone, built in 1910, was the first synagogue in what was then the Arizona territory. Services were held there until 1949. It's now part of the Jewish History Museum complex.

When I see these domes siihouetted in the sky just before the sun comes up it reminds me how brief my time will be. These domes were in my neighborhood long before any of us and -- I hope -- long after we are gone.

The bell towers at San Augustine cathedral.

The bell towers at San Augustine cathedral.

The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts is on 7th Street just west of North Fourth Avenue. I wish I knew the history of this dome.

The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts is on 7th Street just west of North Fourth Avenue. I wish I knew the history of this dome.

Our Saviour's Lutheran at 1200 N. Campbell Ave.  

Our Saviour's Lutheran at 1200 N. Campbell Ave.

 

Safford school was designed in 1918 by A.G. "Annie" Rockfellow. It is in the Armory Park neighborhood at 200 E. 13th St.  

Safford school was designed in 1918 by A.G. "Annie" Rockfellow. It is in the Armory Park neighborhood at 200 E. 13th St.

 

It's hard to believe now, but when Steward Observatory was constructed in the early 1920s it was east of the University of Arizona on the site of a former ostrich farm. Today the campus surrounds it.

It's hard to believe now, but when Steward Observatory was constructed in the early 1920s it was east of the University of Arizona on the site of a former ostrich farm. Today the campus surrounds it.

Sorry for the fuzzy picture of the Benedictine Sanctuary of Perpetual Adoration of Christ the King on North Country Club Road. It was designed by Roy Place, who was also architect of the old county courthouse.

Sorry for the fuzzy picture of the Benedictine Sanctuary of Perpetual Adoration of Christ the King on North Country Club Road. It was designed by Roy Place, who was also architect of the old county courthouse.

Lizards meet up with lawyers, bishops and bachelors

Lizards meet up with lawyers, bishops and bachelors

This is as good as it gets for a sense of place, Tucson style

This is as good as it gets for a sense of place, Tucson style