Our Properties in Barrio Viejo
Our commitment to this pioneer Tucson neighborhood has been spearheaded by Kelley Rollings and his family for more than five decades. When Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup presented the "Heart of Downtown Award" to the Rollings family recognizing their exceptional contributions, he said, "The Rollings family has played a major role in preserving what's unique about our Downtown. Thanks to their passion for historic architecture, many irreplaceable structures in Barrio Viejo have been beautifully restored and preserved for future generations to learn from and enjoy."
In 1971, Kelley Rollings and his wife, Sally, began investing in adobe buildings in Barrio Viejo, many dating from the 1860s and most were threatened by neglect. Today, Bacon Industries, Inc., owns more than two dozen properties in Barrio Viejo. Each was restored as much as possible to its original appearance, in many cases using salvaged materials, to achieve the highest degree of authenticity. The properties in Barrio Viejo attract both commercial and residential tenants, and our preservation and renewal project has helped breathe new life into this historic location.
The Rollings family continues the commitment to restore this unique neighborhood and its historic structures. Donald Rollings said, "It is encouraging to know that our community values the preservation of the city's historical architecture and rich cultural heritage. The outcome of present-day efforts to mix preservation and revitalization projects in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Tucson will impact the quality of life in our larger community."
Since the first property the family restored opened in 1972, we have spent five decades ensuring our mix of tenants represents a broad range of community-based interests. A stroll down Cushing Street will find you being able to enjoy fine dining, music, and gorgeous outdoor patios at The Coronet. Steps south you can meet graphic designers, landscape designers, a full-service interior design firm, and artisans selling handcrafted art and jewelry. There are several galleries open to the public where you can find Native American art as well as rotating exhibitions of photography. Given our proximity to the courts and government buildings, many attorneys locate their firms in Barrio Viejo to be steps away from their destination. Our current tenant mix even includes physical therapy and counselling offices. We would welcome you as our newest residential or commercial tenant, so you can be part of this vibrant neighborhood. One will discover understated elegance all through the buildings on our properties and we are proud to contribute to our community by making this kind of investment in its heritage.