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Sosa-Carrillo-Frémont House  (1870s-1960s)
Sosa-Carrillo-Frémont House - Arizona Historical Society Sosa-Carrillo-Frémont House - Arizona Historical Society
Named after the three families who occupied it, the Sosa-Carrillo-Frémont House is one of Tucson's oldest adobe residences. Built in the neighborhood formerly know as Barrio Libre, the house was the center of domestic life for women from the Sosa and Carrillo families. Later, Elizabeth Frémont, the daughter of Arizona's Territorial Governor John Frémont, lived in the house for a brief time. This historic site displays women's domestic life in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Region: Tucson and Southern Arizona
Theme: Domestic Life

The property, which is located in the Civic Center complex, was initially owned by José Maria Sosa III, grandson of a Spanish soldier stationed at the Presidio of San Agustín of Tucson. Jesusita Suàrez de Carrillo, wife of Leopoldo Carrillo, purchased the property in 1878. Both Jesusita and Leopoldo Carrillo were from Sonora, Mexico. Jesusita came from a wealthy and aristocratic Spanish family who raised cattle. Leopoldo Carrillo became a very successful freighter and entrepreneur in Territorial Arizona.

Several generations of the Carrillo family lived in this house. Elizabeth Frémont occupied the house for approximately six months. Later, Leticia Carrillo Fuentas, the great, great granddaughter of Leopoldo Carrillo, made the house her home until the late 1960s. This house was the only building spared when others in the surrounding barrio were torn down to build the Tucson Convention Center. It is decorated with many examples of Victorian women's artwork, such as framed bead work and glass paintings. There is also an agricultural wreath consisting of various seeds from local plants. The Sosa-Carrillo-Frémont House, located at 151 S. Granada, is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Photo Credits:
Sosa-Carrillo-Frémont House - Arizona Historical Society - Courtesy of Julia Arriola
Sosa-Carrillo-Frémont - Courtesy of Julia Arriola

 

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