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Hotel Congress

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, February 6, 2010
1. Hotel Congress Marker
Inscription. The venerable Hotel Congress, designed by well-known architect, Roy Place, is the last surviving historic hotel in downtown Tucson. This three-story landmark was built in 1919 with exposed masonry construction and marble details. The hotel, south of the railroad depot, was convenient to railroad passengers arriving in Tucson. The elegant lobby and dining room provided a degree of refinement for winter visitors on their western adventure. A January 1934 fire destroyed the original third floor and inadvertently resulted in the capture of John Dillinger and his gang several days later. The Hotel Congress and the Rialto Theatre defined the east end of the commercial district on Congress Street.

Spanish Translation:
Hotel Congress
El reconocido Hotel Congress, obra del afamado arquitecto, Roy Place, es el único sobreviviente de los hoteles historicos del centro de Tucson. Este edificio de tres pisos fue construido en 1919 de ladrillo a la vista con detalles de mármol. El hotel, al sur de la estación del ferrocarril, era conveniente para pasajeros llegando a Tucson por tren. La recepción y comedor elegantes ofrecían un alto grado de refinamiento a los visitantes que durante el invierno venían a su aventura del oeste. Un incendio en enero de 1934 destruyó el tercer piso e inadvertidamente llevó
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By Bill Kirchner, February 6, 2010
2. Hotel Congress Marker
Spanish translation of marker text.
a la captura de John Dillinger y su pandilla pocos días después. El Hotel Congress marcaban el limite oriental del sector comercial de Tucson.
 
Erected by Tucson Presidio Trust for Historic Preservation, Tucson- Pima County Historical Commission, and Arizona Historical Society.
 
Location. 32° 13.331′ N, 110° 58.018′ W. Marker is in Tucson, Arizona, in Pima County. Marker is at the intersection of East Congress Street and South 5th Avenue, on the right when traveling west on East Congress Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tucson AZ 85701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Congress Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Toole Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); Southern Pacific Railroad (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Broadway Boulevard (about 400 feet away); Wyatt Earp Shot Frank Stilwell... (about 600 feet away); Locomotive 1673 (about 700 feet away); Historic Fourth Avenue Underpass (about 700 feet away); Fourth Avenue Underpass (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Tucson.
 
More about this marker. Marker is on corner of Congress and 5th Avenue. Entrance to hotel is at 311 East Congress
Hotel Congress Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, February 6, 2010
3. Hotel Congress Marker
Markers on northeast corner of Congress Street and 5th Avenue
Street
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia Article - Hotel Congress. (Submitted on February 7, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.)
2. Hotel Congress. The official website of the Hotel Congress gives the history of the hotel. (Submitted on February 7, 2010.) 

3. Famous Cases – John Dillinger. From the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Website:
Fire broke out in the hotel where Clark and Makley were hiding under assumed names. Firemen recognized the men from their photographs, and local police arrested them, as well as Dillinger and Harry Pierpont. They also seized 3 Thompson submachine guns, 2 Winchester rifles mounted as machine guns, 5 bulletproof vests, and more than $25,000 in cash. (Submitted on February 8, 2010.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Architect
The marker fails to acknowledge the "original" architect of Hotel Congress and whose plans Roy Place followed in the updated building. The 1919 hotel was designed by California architect, Alexander (Alec) Curlett, who was also the architect of the nearby Rialto Theatre, which was an addition to the the now demolished Santa Rita, and the Tucson Warehouse on 6th Street. After the fire (which Dillinger was nowhere near. He was holed up in a nearby house at the time), the decision was made to keep the building to the two stories,
Hotel Congress and Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, February 12, 2010
4. Hotel Congress and Markers
probably due to cost.
    — Submitted November 23, 2013, by Catherine Cramer of Tucson, Arizona.

2. Architect
There was a mistake in the wording of my addition. Alex Curlett designed the nearby Rialto. He also designed an addition to the now demolished Santa Rita Hotel, which is a separate structure, not an addition to the Rialto. Just wanted that to be clear.
    — Submitted November 23, 2013, by Catherine Cramer of Tucson, Arizona.

 
Additional keywords. John Dillinger
 
Categories. 20th CenturyNotable Buildings
 
Hotel Congress image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, February 6, 2010
5. Hotel Congress
Entrance to hotel at 311 East Congress Street
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By Bill Kirchner, February 6, 2010
6. Hotel Congress
Lobby of Hotel Congress image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, February 6, 2010
7. Lobby of Hotel Congress
 
 
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