new look has come to Old Tucson - 12 new sets and 3 new streets in the new Heritage Square! The design of the new building sets was led by Production Designer  Gene Rudolf, credited with creating sets for many movies including Young Guns II, The Great Gatsby, The Right Stuff, Raging Bull, Marathon Man, Three Days of the Condor and many more.

Come out to see these amazing new additions to Old Tucson.

  

Background

It began with a long-held dream to restore a look and feel reminiscent of the old Old Tucson and provide a backdrop for the expanded experiences celebrating local history, heritage and culture.  This year, Old Tucson began its journey to restore some of its previous glory and expand its reach to include the heritage, cultures, and history of  Southern Arizona.

Old Tucson invites you to immerse yourself in the NEW Old Tucson!

NOV 2010    

OLD TUCSON DEDICATES PLAQUE RECOGNIZING THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE TOHONO O’ODHAM TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE ORIGINAL OLD TUCSON.  GROUNDS RECEIVE TRADITIONAL BLESSING.

JAN-MAY 2011

ART DIRECTOR GENE RUDOLF CREATES THE DESIGN, DRAWINGSS AND MODEL OF HERITAGE SQUARE.

MAR 2011

NATIVE VILLAGECOMPLETED AND OPENED.

JULY 2011

LIVING HISTORY PRESENTATIONS INTRODUCED COVERING LIFE IN THE OLD WEST.

JUN-OCT 2011

GROUND BREAKING, UTILITY WORK, SETS ERECTED, PAINTED, AND DRESSED THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER AND EARLY FALL BY OLD TUCSON CRAFTSMEN WITH ASSISTANCE FROM LOCAL CRAFTSMEN.

NOV 2011

GRAND OPENING OF HERITAGE SQUARE AND HERITAGE & HARVEST FESTIVAL!

 

The renderings below of the west-facing sets were created by Gene Rudolf.  The first drawing shows the west-facing sets followed by selected details.

West-facing sets


Detail View 1


Detail View 2


Detail View 3


Detail View 4

 

UPDATE September 6:  The new building sets are taking shape!  Here are few pictures of progress to date!  Check back here and on Facebook (Old Tucson Studios) for updates.  And come visit to see for yourself!

View looking south from Grand Palace Saloon.


View from Big Jake smoker.

 

 

View looking southwest. Town Hall/Courthouse spire behind sets.


View looking west with new street to Mission set.