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First Church of Christ, Scientist
El Paso, Texas

Description: First Church of Christ, Scientist
Address: Northwest corner of Montana and Stanton streets, El Paso, El Paso County, Texas
Type: religious; church
Original Client: Christian Science Society
Date: 1910; occupied by June 19, 1910
Condition: demolished

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Contractors: King Worley
Dimensions and Orientation: the columns were 25 feet high; the front steps were 30 feet wide; faced southwest
Budget/Cost: two lots, $12,000; building $10,000

Foundation: probably concrete
Wall Materials: Ancho buff brick
Roofing Materials: flat
Other Materials Used: concrete front steps and porch
Remodeling and Additions: none known

Location of Drawings: none known to exist
Location of Documentary Photographs: El Paso Public Library 337; First Church of El Paso, Texas

Bibliography: (1) The American Architect and Building News, volume XCVII, number 1781, 1910, page 12 of ┬░Building News,states that Trost & Trost are preparing the plans for the church, and gives its location and cost
(2) First Church of Christ To Erect Handsome New Home, El Paso Herald, March 5, 1910, real estate section, page [1], description of building (3) On Christian Science in El Paso, see Harriot Howze Jones, ed., El Paso, a Centennial Portrait (El Paso, El Paso County Historical Society, 1972), page 89. The unsigned article states that the first church building was erected in 1910 at this location and served as a meeting place for 17 years.

Remarks: there are Church Members who assure us that Trost was the architect. Correspondence from Mrs. Ida Bohling, Clerk of the Board of Directors, First Church of Christ, Scientist, El Paso, Texas, September 14, 1989. Also, the Church’s records include minutes of Church meetings confirming that Trost & Trost drew plans for the building. On Ancho bricks, see the company’s advertisement in: John F. Worley Directory Co. El Paso City Directory, 1917 (Dallas: John F. Worley Directory Co., 1917), page 122.

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