Before we start...

Much of the land surrounding the University’s West Main Gate was purchased by Louise Marshall beginning in 1901 A savvy entrepreneur, business woman and one-time faculty member at the University of Arizona, Louise had a vision for the development of this area that continues to benefit the University and local community.


In 1930, Mrs. Marshall formed an asset based foundation for the express purpose of helping those less fortunate in the community. Since 1930, solely through the management of its real estate assets, Marshall Foundation gives away 5% of its net worth every year to over 250 nonprofits in Pima County and to the University of Arizona.

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Mrs. Marshall died in 1956, leaving all of her assets to a volunteer Board of Directors. To date, Marshall Foundation has invested $69 million in a twenty-year redevelopment of what is now known as Main Gate Square.

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Celebrating our rich history and support of the Tucson community...