Street level entrance to the Joel D. Valdez Library is from Jácome Plaza. The plaza is the location for many events downtown.
The plaza was constructed during the construction of the Library in 1989 on the site of the family owned and operated Jácome's Department Store. The plaza and was officially designated Jácome Plaza in 2003.
The memorial, dedicated on October 25, 2004 reads:
1896 - 1980
This was the final location of Jácome’s Department Store from 1951 to 1980. For twenty-nine years the people of Tucson and our neighbors in Mexico frequented this site. The concept of retail clustering began in the Tucson area when business rival, Harold Steinfeld, agreed to build and lease a store to Jácome’s in order to create a retail hub downtown.
Jácome’s is best remembered as a successful, three-generation, family owned and operated department store. It represented one of the many successes achieved by the dedicated Mexican people who pioneered this city. The success of Jácome’s was based on community involvement and dedication to the principles of honest dealings and personal friendly service.
In addition Jácome’s commissioned works of art establishing a precedent for private sector support of local artists. Jácome’s displayed the artistic works of Salvador Corona, Dale Nichols and Edith Hamlin. Hamlin’s medallions were mounted above the arches on the exterior entrances at both Stone and Pennington and became the lasting symbol of Jácome’s store.
At the Scott and Congress location, Jácome’s underwent two complete renovations before moving to a more prominent location at Stone and Pennington. For eighty-four years Jácome’s evolved, grew and prospered as did the city of Tucson. The demise of Jácome’s mirrored the decline of retailing in downtown Tucson.
THE JÁCOME CHILDREN
Using the Plaza
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