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The Stillwell House, a two story, red brick, Territorial-style
home, was built in 1901 for James Twiggs an Irish inn-keeper.
Along with his wife, Lucy Stillwell-Twiggs, James operated the
home as a boardinghouse for railroad workers. It had six rooms
downstairs and six upstairs with a central hallway on each floor.
In the 1980's the Stillwell House fell on hard
times. While vacant it burned twice, charring the facade and damaging
the internal structure. Dennis Bonner and Candace VerBrugghen discovered and purchased
the building in 1988. With an eye to converting it into a sheet
music store and performance space they contacted John Richards of
Design and Presentation Architects and Rick Sililli of Kea
Construction. After careful inspection it was determined that the
facade was salvageable but the interior was not. Bonner spent the
next year arranging for the necessary permits and gutting the
interior in preparation for the renovation.
Renovation of the Stillwell House was completed in the spring of
1990. The building now boasts a 35-foot high cathedral ceiling
and wrap-around mezzanine. The first floor is covered in a honey-maple
hardwood floor, using flooring that was salvaged from Northern
Arizona University's (NAU's) gymnasium floor. The facility opened for booking in 1990 and has hosted over 800
events to date. In the early 90's the neighboring property was
bought and converted into a courtyard and cantina. The Stillwell
House cantina became the new home of the Old Pueblo Club's antique
bar when the 80-year old club closed its doors in 1992.
native Tucsonan and experienced event planner Candace
Flores Carrillo, along with her family purchased the property with a
vision to merge all three spaces in order to become a
premier destination party location by offering a number of
unique on-site services. Candace, a certified wedding
planner, along with her aunt General Manager Wilma Levine
and mother, executive chef Carlotta Flores, aim to please
the clients every wish and desire. Inspired by her family's
own legacy the famed El Charro Cafe, Candace has merged
tantalizing cuisine with the simple elegance and built in
ambiance of the Stillwell House and Garden.
Today the Stillwell House is an integral part of
Historic Tucson and the Downtown Arts District. It has been the
scene of many art openings, concerts, and theatrical performances.
The Stillwell House and
Garden, your historic event facility.