Desert Laboratory

Also known as: Tumamoc Hill
W of Tucson off W. Anklam Rd. on Tumamoc Hill, Tucson, Arizona

Photos 

Desert Botanical Laboratory

1. GENERAL VIEW OF LABORATORY COMPLEX, TAKEN FROM THE SOUTH

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Map 

Description 

The Desert Botanical Laboratory is important as the first center for the study of desert plant ecology, and for the outstanding scientists who paved the way for further development in the study of plants and ecology. The site itself is important also because of the numerous ancient Indian sites and artifacts still intact on the hill and in the surrounding area. The Desert Botanical Laboratory was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965, and was registered in 1975, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In 1981 the complex was designated as a State Natural Area by the Arizona State Parks Board. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS AZ-138)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000190
Areas of significance
Education; Science
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Building
Historic function
Research facility
Current function
College
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant year
1903
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 3
Contributing sites: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 2

Update Log 

  • June 11, 2018: New photo from Bill Eichelberger

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