As a member of the Heritage Square Trust, the Foundation participates in the development and oversight of Heritage Square in Flagstaff’s historic downtown district. The Trust’s goal is to make quality entertainment and artistic talent accessible to all audiences by omitting admission fees and utilizing Flagstaff’s only open- air amphitheater. Heritage Square provides an opportunity for all socio-economic backgrounds to experience professional entertainment and art, free of charge.
Babbitt Brothers Building
The Babbitt Brothers Foundation is primarily responsible for the renovation of the Babbitt Brothers Building on Aspen Ave. and San Francisco St., which serves as a unique historical part of the community that represents the adventure of early Flagstaff and remains a legacy for future generations. First constructed as a building- supply store in 1888, the Babbitt Brothers Building eventually grew to the size of half a city block and became Babbitt’s, Arizona’s largest department store. Slated for demolition, the original 30-foot by 70-foot sandstone building was purchased by the Foundation in 1991 and is being restored. Original stone arches on the south side of the building were numbered and replaced so that each window is situated the way it was more than a century ago. The cornice and pressed metal of the rooftop, lost in 1957, were re-manufactured and re-installed by 1997.