The Marist College is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is considered by the Arizona Preservation Society to be one of the most endangered historic properties in the state.
Sister Mary Evelyn Soto appears in a 1958 photo in her Marist College classroom along with her students.
She says she’s no longer teaching in the classroom but she remembers fondly her time working in the building.
“I had first grade–I recall it as a beautiful class,” she says.
Built in 1915, the Marist College played an important role in the Catholic tradition of Tucson, providing a church-based education for countless children from surrounding communities.
However, the building is in need of restoration and its future is now uncertain.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson owns the three-story adobe structure and has not yet secured funding to perform necessary restorations.
John Shaheen, property manager for the diocese, believes the building is salvageable and hopes the diocese will find a way to preserve the property.