The Pioneer Hotel, designed by Tucson architect Roy Place, was one of Tucson’s first high-rise buildings. Opened in 1929, the Spanish Revival hotel became the social center of the downtown business district. The property catered to the social elite. In the mid-20th century Harold and Margaret Steinfeld, owners of a large downtown department store, lived in the penthouse. A disastrous fire severely damaged the building in December 1970, and among the 29 victims were the Steinfelds. The building has been converted from a hotel to an office building.
The building is 11 stories tall and, when it opened in 1929, it housed the largest ballroom in the country.