History of Hotel Congress

1907

The Southern Pacific Railroad Depot Was Built

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1909

Congress Street with street car

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1912

Arizona becomes a state on February 14, leading us to be called the Sweetheart State

1913

Congress Street gets paved.

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1919

The Hotel Congress was built and the Tap Room Opens

Original hotel lobby

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1920-1933

Prohibition: January 1, 1915 Arizona became the 13th state to go dry and joined the repeal in 1933

1920

The Rialto Theatre Opens

Rialto Theatre Opens
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1920

Congress Street

Pete Martinez Artwork

1930-1940

Pete Martinez drank in the Tap Room and donated original artworks

1930's

The Original Hotel Congress Cafe

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1930's

The Hotel Congress Before The Fire

1934

January 22, Hotel Congress catches fire

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John Dillinger is captured and is tried in Tucson

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1937

The Tucson Rodeo Procession Down Congress Street

Hotel Congress rebuilt

1940s

Post-fire rebuild, went from 80 to 40 rooms

1945

The Hotel Congress Cafe with Hotel Manager Mr. Patrick

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1959

Tiger (Thomas Ziegler) began working in the Tap Room and still works there today

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1985

Richard and Shana Oseran purchase Hotel Congress.

Club Congress opened its doors

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Larry Boyce

1989

Muralist Larry Boyce paints the Hotel Congress lobby

1990

The Cup Café opens

Cup Cafe Night Busy
Jenny Holzer

1991

Jenny Holzer Truisims are placed at The Cup Cafe

1994

Annual Dillinger Days Event Begins

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2000

The Copper Hall Opens

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2005

Talk of the Town Bar Transported to Club Congress

The Cup Café gets its iconic penny floor

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Club Congress Stage

2006

Daniel Martin Diaz created the new stage façade for Club Congress

4th avenue construction

4th Avenue underpass construction

2009

Congress Plaza Expanded

Congress Plaza Expanded
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2010

Hotel Congress gets cool, replacing 1930’s evaporative cooler with Air Conditioning

2011

Private guest patio at Hotel Congress painted into an urban oasis by local muralist Joe Pagac

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2013

The Tap Room is renamed "Tiger’s Tap Room" in honor of Tiger’s 80th Birthday