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Tucson

Bank One Building

Built in 1929 this building has the distinction of being Tucson's first skyscraper that towered high above the one-level houses. It is no longer the tallest building in downtown Tucson but it remains one of the most prominent. Visitors are welcome in the lobby of the building during normal working hours. From 1935 well into the 1990s, it was known as the Valley National Bank Building until another, bigger corporation took over. Today, higher structures dominate the Tucson skyline, but this particular building, apart from its historic impact, still derives some charm from the tree-shaded brick patio on its south side, which is always welcome in the brutal Tucson summer. Inside are giant murals depicting the area from prehistoric to Old West times.