The landmark Pioneer Hotel, which opened as The Lubbock Hotel, was built in two stages. The building stood six stories when it first opened in 1929. The remaining five stories were added in the early 1930s.
The 83-year-old maiden - who still casts a large shadow in downtown
- has proven again that age-old adage they don't build them like the used to. Lubbock
Inside this 11-story structure, where tons of structural steel meet even more concrete, construction workers toil away - framing dozens of luxury condominiums while working to preserve and restore the Pioneer's memory-filled ballroom, lobby and historical mortar artwork. On the third floor, work crews have been busy restoring the original ballroom that will contain both a banquet area and service facility.
Restoration efforts are also taking place on the ground lobby floor area, where an original staircase leading to the ballroom will be given a makeover and where new retail space will be opened. "There are just some incredible views since we opened this up with nice ceiling heights and solid concrete between the floors," said Mike McDougal of McDougal Properties about the $10 million-plus project.
McDougal eventually intends to construct three - three-bedroom units; 20 - two bedroom units; and four - one-bedroom units ranging in size from 900 square feet up an eye-popping penthouse measuring 2,800 square feet.