Project Under Construction
Placed at the foot of Picket Post Mountain, Superior boasts a cinematic quality where Main Street dies into the base of a mountain cliff.
Our client purchased the Magma Hotel, located at the corner of Main and Magma, as well as a cinema across the street, because of his affinity for historic buildings and a belief in the revitalization of the old mining town. Only one-and-a-half hours east of Phoenix and on the edge of the desert and the Mogollon Rim, the historically preserved boutique hotel will offer hikers, bikers, nature lovers and tourists in search of a quiet get-away the opportunity to escape. City dwellers will be invited to experience a multi-cultural community life full of arts, festivals, authentic food, and a still present history.
“This is going to be a catalyst of changing our street”— Sue Anderson, a Superior Chamber of Commerce board member
Research and conversations with residents have revealed a layered and interesting history for the Magma Hotel. The first store to be opened in the Magma Hotel’s first floor was an Asian-owned grocery by a tenacious young businessman. A young female, mexican-american journalist documented early mine strikes outside the hotel doors. Stories of ghosts and bootlegging also pique curiosity. The design will fold these stories throughout the two historically designated structures – a concrete building built in 1910 and a brick building constructed in 1923.
Between the buildings will be a central plaza that connects the hotel as a complex and as an active agent in the community. The plaza will connect visitors with neighbors as an extention of Main Street full of community events such as Farmers’ Markets, food festivals, and performances. .
In addition, across the street, as part of a broader development of Downtown Superior, a now vacant site will become a conference center constructed to support local business endeavors while also encouraging small conferences in a destination that is both away from it all and not that far away.
22 Guest Rooms
Historic Preservation Federal Tax Credit Application Services Provided
This tax credit will cover 20% of project costs