Note: Historian Demion Clinco's History Moments do not represent the views or opinions of Arizona Public Media or Arizona Illustrated.
In 1929, downtown Tucson served as the commercial and cultural center of Tucson life. The Roy Place building on the corner of Pennington and Stone, which has since been through one stage of renovation, was the heart of downtown.
"The ground floor was home to Montgomery Wards, part of the rapid commercial developement of downtown Tucson between 1920 and 1945, where its location was prominent in the central business district," says Demion Clinco, president of the Tucson Historical Preservation Foundation.
The Roy Place building was designed by the architect of the same name along with the Pioneer Hotel, the Pima County Courthouse, the Plaza Theater, the Veterans Administration Hospital, and many University of Arizona buildings.
The building will soon undergo the second phase of its restoration to complete the structure's revival.