The Front Porch of the University

Old Main, the heart of campus, a giving priority

As the University of Arizona embarks on its next comprehensive fundraising campaign, one of  the campaign priorities will be the Old Main renovation project. 

In the spirit of preserving tradition, alumni and friends are contributing to the building’s renovation while also sharing their Old Main memories and stories. Alumni engagement around the project demonstrates that Old Main remains a popular destination in the heart of campus.

"Old Main is where I found out I was accepted into the UA as a pre-business major," says Brittany Lafreniere ’13. "It was a day that forever changed my life. Now, as an alumna of the UA and Eller, I love knowing that every time I go to the UA, I will see Old Main and still feel that overwhelming feeling of accomplishment that I did when I was accepted."

The renovation plan by Tucson firm Poster Frost Mirto Inc. artfully blends tradition with modern sensibilities. When Old Main opens this summer, visitors can tour and explore the updated building and relax in the shade of its famous porches. Prospective students will begin their campus tours here, where they will learn of the University’s rich heritage.

Old Main will also be the starting spot for a heritage trail — a tour of historic places on campus — while the first floor will become a space to celebrate the University’s past, present, and future. With funding from donor gifts, the space will include displays and interactive exhibits. Alumni reunions, receptions, and other events also will be held in Old Main.

Fundraising for Old Main will continue throughout the comprehensive campaign until all expenses for the renovation and heritage project are met.

Old Main Gift Opportunities

Leadership naming gifts

Fountain plaza $1,000,000
Special events room $500,000
Board room $500,000
Gallery: paintings, artifacts and photos from UA museums $500,000
President's office $500,000
North veranda $500,000
South veranda $500,000
Heritage room highlighting UA history, traditions, and achievements $500,000
Welcome center $350,000
Garden (4) $250,000
Flag pole area $200,000
Offices and conference rooms $50,000-$200,000
Pillars — Old Main has 112 exterior pillars $25,000 per pillar

For the above listed gifts, the name(s) of donors will appear on a metal plaque installed on their Old Main room, office, pillar, or space. Donor pledges for naming opportunities can be paid in a one-time gift or over a period of one to five years.    

Old Main Walkway
With a contribution of $2,500, you can have your name and other text engraved into a 30-inch by 30-inch square of the new Old Main Walkway, a wide concrete sidewalk that will go around the entire exterior of Old Main.
Old Main original roof shingles

By making a gift of $1,891, you can receive a framed metal shingle from Old Main’s original roof. The gift amount of $1,891 commemorates the year when construction of Old Main was completed and the UA’s first students studied and lived in the building. Each roof shingle is mounted, covered with glass, and framed for display in your home or office.

Old Main will be more beautiful and purposeful than ever. Alumni have several opportunities to celebrate Old Main at all levels of giving. For more information about gift and naming opportunities, call the UA Foundation at 520-621-9065. To make a gift online, please go to Gifts made payable to UAF Old Main can be mailed to: Old Main Campaign, UA Foundation, 1111 N. Cherry Ave., P.O. Box 210109, Tucson, AZ 85721-0109.