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Santa Rita Hotel
Tucson, Arizona

 

Description: Santa Rita Hotel
Other Names: None
Address: Broadway and South Scott Avenue (Armory Park), Tucson,Pima County, Arizona
Type: hotel
Original Client: L. V. Raphael, Gen. L. H. Manning. The Santa Rita Company
Date: 1902-1904, addition 1917
Condition: demolished December, 1972, except for a portion of the 1972 south wing, which was incorporated into a new hotel on the same site and with the same name. Totally demolished in August 2009.

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Rust (1902-1904); Trost & Trost (1917)
Contractors:
Dimensions and Orientation: faced West; 124 feet on Broadway and 172 feet on Scott street
Budget/Cost: $75,000

Foundation: probably concrete
Wall Materials: plastered
Roofing Materials: flat
Other Materials Used:
Remodeling and Additions: 6 story addition to the South by Trost & Trost, 1917

Present Owner:  Tucson Electric Power (owners of the land)
Location of Drawings: None known to exist
Location of Documentary Photographs: El Paso Public Library: Ponsford 567-569

Bibliography: (1) Lloyd C. and June F. Engelbrecht, Henry C. Trost: Architect of the Southwest (El Paso: El Paso Public Library Association, 1981), page 29
(2) Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, January 24, 1902, page [8]: Ground will be broken at once on the $75,000 hotel building. Lots 2 and 3, block 257, have a frontage of 124 feet on Broadway and 172 feet on Scott street.
(3) Trost & Trost, Architects (El Paso: Trost & Trost, 1907), page 12, facade; page 18, mezzanine; page 32, mezzanine; page 54, perspective view
(4) Santa Rita Hotel Observes 50th Anniversary, Arizona Daily Star, January 24, 1954, history of the hotel
(5) Andrew Wallace, The image of Arizona; pictures from the past (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1971), page 12, engraving, perspective view
(6) Judy Donovan, Another Landmark, The Santa Rita, Will Fall under the Wrecker’s Ball, Tucson Daily Star, April 30, 1972
(7) Judy Donovan, Santa Rita Bows to Wrecking Ball, Arizona Daily Star, December 6, 1972
(8) Tucson News Now Aug 25, 2009. The Santa Rita Hotel comes crashing down

Remarks: The final demolition was in August of 2009 to make room for a new Tucson Electric Power Corporate Headquarters

For the Santa Rita is here today only because of a chance meeting between L.V. Raphel of Los Angeles and cimex (bedbugs). The defunct hostelry left such a uncomfortable impression on Raphael decision a hotel needed to be built. The new hotel was open February 1,1904 to public with great fanfare, music and speech-making.

The complaints from Raphel reached the ears of General L.H. Manning. He urged citizen to donate land on Military Plaza. Raphel called it quits when he got two stories built. General Manning organized the Santa Rita Company and in 1903, the hotel proceeded under even more elaborate plans than were conceived by Raphel.

L.J.Faeger, a prominent Arizona hotel man agreed to run the hotel and also offered to buy it. He did and ran it for the next 15 years.


Prepared for the El Paso Public Library by Lloyd C. and June F. Engelbrecht under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1990.