Hotel Congress is turning 100 years old!
In 2019, the most iconic locale in Tucson celebrates a landmark birthday, and it is sure to be the celebration of a century! Originally constructed to lodge weary train travelers heading out west, the Hotel Congress has evolved throughout the past century into the cultural hub of the Southwest.
Whether it’s a memorable vacation, first date, ghost experience, favorite concert, wedding, or first drink – everyone has a Hotel Congress story. The memories that live within the walls are an integral part of the history of the hotel. The intention for the year-long centennial extravaganza is to showcase our strongly rooted heritage, give thanks to those who have left indelible tracings on our memories, and set our eyes on the future as we constantly strive to go beyond and achieve greatness as an unparalleled travel destination.
You may know that our historic hotel was established in 1919, but while digging up some history, we found there was a soft opening on November 18, 1918. So, we’re kicking off our centennial celebration with the Copper Jubilee! Join us on November 18th for a day filled with celebrating 100 years of Hotel Congress! We’ll have hotel and historic tours, a birthday cake lit by 100 candles, specialty cocktails, a John Dillinger gun show, poetry readings by UA Poetry Center contest winners, and more! Paint the Hotel Congress on the Tap Room patio with Creative Juice, learn a little Tucson history with a lecture in Club Congress, and bring something to put in our time capsule! In celebration of our anniversary, we are creating a time capsule to be opened again in another 100 years. Help us fill the capsule by bringing items that represent Hotel Congress and downtown Tucson!
Tell us your Congress story!
There are a lot of memories within these 100 year old walls, and we want to know yours! Share your Congress stories with us by coming in and recording your story at the KXCI studio in Hotel Congress every Friday from 12-1pm! Can’t make it in? Tell us your story using the form below.