Arizona State Museum 2004
Arizona State Museum c. 1924
This building was designed and used as the university library until a new facility was constructed east of Bear Down Gym in 1976. Now housing the
Arizona State Museum
the building is arguably the most impressive structure facing the UA mall. Its symmetrical Italianate facade, large two-story arched windows, and red tile roof present
a dignified presence just inside the University Main Gate. The building's fine brickwork and terra cotta detailing, as well as its charming interior spaces, are worthy
of closer inspection. The main lobby and the second floor reading room with its 30-foot ceilings are particularly notable.
On the first floor, the museum has recently completed construction of a state-of-the-art pottery vault, which houses the largest whole-vessel collection of Southwest Indian pottery in the world.
- Construction Year: 1924-27
- Architect: Lyman and Place
- Style: Renaissance Revival
- Listed on the National Register: 1979