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Pioneer Hotel's dining room is newly restored

Posted at 9:39 PM, Oct 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-26 01:09:17-04

A yearlong effort to restore the Pioneer Hotel dining room is now complete. The historic building on North Stone Avenue was originally built in the 1930s, but sustained damage over the years.

Only having a single photo of what it looked like in the 1930s, architects for Pioneer Hotel's dining room say, the restoration is an interpretation.

"Just to be apart of finding and recreating a part of Tucson's history that future generations can now go in and see the space and use it," said Bill Williams, the project's architect.

The renovations include new detailing along the walls, updated balconies, new chandeliers and a new ceiling.

"Its really a magnificent ceiling, very intricate, very detailed. The amount of work that went into restoring it was amazing. That was by far the biggest challenge of the project," said Williams.

The company that will primarily use this space is called SinfoniaRx, a medication therapy management company. It relocated its headquarters to the office spaces on Pioneer's second floor in March.

"This new space, the dining room, we're using it as part of our company as we grow. And we started at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy," said Sandra Leal, the SinfoniaRx CEO.

And with the relationship SinfoniaRx has with UA, it plans to help create local jobs for students.

"We also use this as a training site for students. So as we're having them come and work for us, they're actually creating their own jobs for the future. So it is creating that spark-plug for people," said Leal.

The company will also use the newly renovated dining room for community events throughout the year.