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Adolph Schwartz Residence
El Paso, Texas


Description: Adolph Schwartz residence
Other Names: Zork house; El Paso Child Guidance Center
Address: 1501 North Mesa Street at Cliff Drive, El Paso, El Paso County, Texas
Type: domestic: single family house
Original Client: Adolph and Fanny (i.e. Amstater) Schwartz
Historic Inventory:
Date: 1915-1916
Condition: extant

Architect or Firm: Gustavus A. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Dimensions and Orientation: two stories with attic; 69 feet, 4 inches wide x 71 feet, 8 inches deep; faces east

Foundation: concrete
Wall Materials: yellow brick
Roofing Materials: b Spanish tile
Other Materials Used: concrete lintels and sills
Remodeling and Additions: converted to offices, but much of the original character of the house has been retained

Present Owner: City of El Paso
Location of Drawings: El Paso Public Library: (F-6) 24 ink on linen sheets of plans, including side, front and rear elevations, dated March 1, April 20, May 15, November 17 and November 22, 1915
Location of Documentary Photographs:

Bibliography: (1) El Paso Herald, August 26, 1916, Home Beautiful Section, page 9 (exterior photograph of Home of A. Schwartz, president of Popular Dry Goods  just completed on Mesa avenue during the past summer and now occupied by Mr. Schwartz and family.)
(2) Lloyd C. Engelbrecht, Henry Trost: the Prairie School in the Southwest, The Prairie School Review, volume VI, number 4 (Fourth Quarter, 1969), page 31 (exterior photograph by June F. Engelbrecht, 1967)
(3) Department of Planning, Research and Development, City of El Paso,El Paso’s Forgotten Past; Historic Preservation (El Paso: author, 1977), page 6 (photograph of exterior)

Remarks: Commission 2315; Mrs. Luis Zork stated in a telephone interview that Gus did it. This is the earliest verified Gustavus A. Trost commission found by the authors. The plans for the main floor include a reception hall, living room, dining room, music room, kitchen, breakfast room, and sun porch. The second floor includes four bedrooms, sewing room, porch and two baths.

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