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B.F. Stevens Residence
El Paso, Texas

 

Description: B. F. Stevens residence
Other Names:
Address: 1201 Arizona Avenue, at Noble Street (northeast corner), El Paso, El Paso County, Texas
Type: domestic: single family home
Original Client: B. F. Stevens, M. D.
Historic Inventory:
Date: ca. 1909; plans drawn in September
Condition: extant; in use as a residence

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Contractors:
Dimensions and Orientation: 30 feet x 40 feet, without porch; faces South
Budget/Cost: $3,500 – reported in 1908 as $5000.

Foundation: concrete, faced with Mt. Franklin limestone boulders
Wall Materials: red brick, wood paneling, half-timber and stucco
Roofing Materials: red patent roofing
Other Materials Used: Texas pine interior paneling
Remodeling and Additions: The limestone boulder facing of foundation has been removed.

Present Owner: privately owned
Location of Drawings: A floor plan has been published; see items 1, 2 and 3 in the Bibliography, below.
Location of Documentary Photographs: photographs made in 1969 by June F Englbrecht, at UTEP Special Collections

Bibliography: (1) The Western Architect, volume XIX, number 10 (October, 1913), ground plan and photograph of general view, unnumbered plates
(2) Bungalow Magazine [edited by Jud Yoho, published in Seattle], volume3, number 1 (January, 1914), pages 14-21 (essay illustrated with ground plan and photographs of exterior and interior)
(3) Lloyd C. Engelbrecht, Henry Trost: the Prairie School in the Southwest, The Prairie School Review, volume VI, number 4 (Fourth Quarter, 1969), pages 21-22 (discussed; ground plan and exterior photograph on page 22, reprinted from The Western Architect)
(4) Lloyd C. and June F. Engelbrecht, Henry C. Trost: Architect of the Southwest (El Paso: El Paso Public Library Association, 1981), page 47 (mentioned)
(5) Cheryl Robertson, House and Home in the Arts and Crafts Era: Reforms for Simple Living, in: Wendy Kaplan, The Art That Is Life: The Arts& Crafts Movement in America, 1875-1920 (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts and Little, Brown and Company, 1987), page 348 (mentioned); page 349 (photograph of interior)
(6) El Paso Herald September 30, 1908 page 12

Remarks: The Bungalow Magazine article cited above is one of only two examples of extensive coverage of a Trost house in a periodical of national circulation. It is described as a living example of high art at `less cost’. The other house extensively covered in a periodical of national circulation is the Williams house .

Dr. Stevens commissioned the house while he was still a bachelor. After he married, he and his wife moved to another house designed for them by another architect.

Prepared for the El Paso Public Library by Lloyd C. and June F. Engelbrecht under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1990