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Albuquerque Public Library
Albuquerque, New Mexico


Description: Albuquerque Public Library
Other Names: none
Address: 423 Central Avenue, N. E., Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico
Type: governmental: public library
Original Client: City of Albuquerque
Historic Inventory:
Date: 1923 (study) 1925 (construction)
Condition: extant; not built from designs by Trost & Trost

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Dimensions and Orientation:

Wall Materials: given
Roofing Materials:
Other Materials Used:
Remodeling and Additions: additions built 1947 and 1950; restored by George Pearl, 1978

Present Owner: City of Albuquerque
Location of Drawings: None known to exist

Bibliography: (1) The Albuquerque Herald, April 29, 1923, section III, page 6, rendering of the Trost & Trost design and caption
(2) Susan Dewitt, Historic Albuquerque Today; an Overview of Historic Buildings and Districts (Albuquerque: Historic Landmarks Survey of Albuquerque, 1978), pages 90, 91 and 112
(3) Edna Heatherington Bergman, The Fate of Architectural Theory in Albuquerque: Buildings of Four Decades, 1920-1960, Master of Architecture thesis, University of New Mexico, 1978, pages 87-90 and 323-324 (including a photograph of exterior,figure 22 on page [88])

Remarks: Trost & Trost prepared a preliminary rendering, published in 1923 [bibliography (1), above], but authorship of the building is somewhat clouded. Arthur Rossiter claimed the building in advertisements in the Albuquerque city directories, e.g., 1926, but the Albuquerque Morning Journal of March 22, 1925, page 2, states that The building was designed by Frank Kimball, city engineer, and erected by D. R. Etter, contractor. The Trost design, and the design as built, are both Pueblo Revival

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