The Arizona Inn, Tucson's historic midtown resort at 2200 E. Elm St., has finished a full restoration of its main dining room.
Photos from the collection of the inn's founding Greenway family were used to "get a sense of what the room looked like on opening night" in 1930, said Patrick Cray, the resort's general manager. First, the air conditioning ductwork that was installed in the 1970s was removed. That made way for 25-foot-high wood beamed ceilings like the original dining room had. The repainted walls were then adorned with as many pieces of the room's original artwork as could be found. The carpeting was replaced, and the original tables and chairs refinished.
The costs haven't been tallied yet but were well worth it, Cray said.