Barrio Viejo is located between Interstate 10 on the west, South 6th Ave on the east, west Cushing Street on the north, and West 18th on the north. Barrio Viejo is rich with adobe-style architecture. Many homes display rich southwestern colors of blue, purple, and orange. The Mexican and Spanish influence is abundant in the Barrio Viejo neighborhood. With protruding windowsills and recessed doors, the charm comes through in this tiny neighborhood.
Barrio Viejo is a historic neighborhood in Tucson, dating back to the 1880s. The name, Barrio Viejo, means “Old Neighborhood.” This neighborhood is considered one of the most colorful neighborhoods in Tucson because of the vibrant adobe homes and many artistic murals that reflect the Mexican and Spanish influence. Residents include families, artists, and musicians. Many are descendants of families that have lived in the community for generations. Unfortunately, many of the historic buildings were bulldozed during the 1961 Tucson Urban Renewal Program, but many adobe row houses still stand today.
Barrio Viejo is home to such landmarks as El Tiradito Shrine, where residents and visitors go to a crumbling wall to leave slips of paper inscribed with prayers and messages in the wall’s cracks. Also, there is the historic Cushing Street Bar & Grill, which boasts the best margaritas in Tucson.
The Tucson Convention Center is in the Barrio Viejo neighborhood, and it is the site for the annual Tucson Gem and Mineral show that visitors from around the country flock to each year.
Barrio Viejo is yet another must-see Tucson neighborhood that reflects the desert southwest eclectic theme so commonplace in Arizona.