Aldea de Artisticas...
Some day a working artists’ community in the heart of Old Town Tubac
A little history...
Aldea de Artisticas, located in Old Town Tubac, includes part of the original Spanish Presidio. Our primary purpose is to establish a working artists' community, based on a shared vision and collaboration.
The complex currently includes "The Pink House" and the Historic Lowe House, both of which are on the National Registry of Historic Places (pictured below). Additional studios, galleries and residences are proposed for construction, using architecture, authentic building materials, and site planning replicating the original Spanish colonial and Territorial historic periods.
Pink House", the heart of Aldea de Artisticas'
A Development Concept
Old Town Tubac
To secure and enhance the integrity and economic viability of Historic Old Town Tubac's ambiance and the tradition of “Where Art and History Meet” through an integrated and interconnected use of existing buildings and new improvements. "First Signs of Spring" By Lois Griffel, Oil on Canvas.Overall Design Concept
concept is to build a replica of 1860’s Tubac, using existing buildings on the
National Register of Historic Places as featured structures and integrating new
buildings designed for mixed-use purposes as artist residences, studios and
galleries, which was the construction model prevalent in Tubac’s early artist
colony days of the 1960s and early 1970s.
Zone Design Criteria Ordinances are the basis for the design of all exterior
elements and will be gladly complied with in all expansions of existing
buildings and new improvements. The concept is in keeping with the Santa Cruz
County Comprehensive Plan and has support from long-time Old Town Tubac property
owners. All improvements will comply with Santa Cruz County Building Codes. The
project is not necessarily the
highest and best use of the parcels given current trends. A zoning variance
might be required on portions of the parcel zoned multiple-family to allow for a
mixed use. Abandonment of a county easement on the Placita de Anza could serve
the purpose of eliminating long-standing boundary issues, afford access and
egress, and accommodate infrastructure and parking requirements for the project.
The siting of
improvements will place new construction in relation to existing structures in
such a way as to enhance the historic presence, create a sense of “village”,
and to encourage “discovery” and pedestrian flow through interconnecting
pathways, placitas, common areas for art display, and outdoor
will be woven throughout the “village” creating an organic and natural
environment which invites visitors/patrons to meander in a relaxed, hassle-free,
and car-free atmosphere where gallery viewing, watching and talking with artists at
work, and opportunities for discovering Tubac’s history—narrated via public
art and complementary interpretive structures—will afford and maintain a
unique Old Town Tubac ambiance and experience.
All new construction will reflect the size, scale and proportions of existing buildings. The single-story adobe “row house” architectural style with features prevalent in the 1860s Tubac will predominate and maintain and enhance existing streetscapes. If and when possible, building facades will be of a non-load bearing, un-stabilized adobe, re-creating the authentic historic visual and textural qualities of the buildings of the era and today existing only in the unstuccoed historic Pennington House.
Left: the historic Pennington House, today the Hugh Cabot Gallery.
Middle: an adobe residence, today The Sacred Paths shop.
Right: ruins of buildings since demolished, today the location of the Sculpture Plaza owned by Tubac Historic Properties, LLC.
well with a right of 56-acre feet, currently only used on Tubac Historic
Properties, LLC (THP) for
irrigation, will be further explored as the water source for the project.
septic system to accommodate as many 1-bedroom living-quarter units as allowable
will be constructed.
be underground within the village. Solar energy and other energy efficiency
options will be featured components of new construction.
preference, when feasible and allowable, is to make use of the grace and
charm of the existing contours of the topography, maintaining visual interest and
variety through naturally changing elevations.
use of flood plain or run-off prone areas is as natural terrain.
will be placed at the perimeters of the “village” in locations as to not
dominate the streetscape yet afford access, and will comply with requirements
relative to the number of allowable units.
will be minimal and in keeping with native plant selection with the exception of
small pockets of lushness in nooks and crannies or interior courtyards.
Landscaping will be irrigated via a watering system making use of an existing
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