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Aronstein Residence
El Paso, Texas


Description: Aronstein residence
Other Names:
Address: 628 West Yandell Drive, at the corner of Yandell Drive and Los Angeles Drive, opposite the terminus of West Rio Grande Avenue, El Paso, El Paso County, Texas
Type: domestic: single family house
Original Client: Siegfried Aronstein
Date: 1909
Condition: extant; in use as a home

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Contractors: Frank Powers
Dimensions and Orientation: a two story, single family house, American Foursquare, about 33 feet across, excluding porches; faces east
Budget/Cost: $14,000

Wall Materials: buff brick
Roofing Materials: shingle, with wood eaves
Other Materials Used: art glass front door and side window
Remodeling and Additions: sleeping porches enclosed

Present owner: privately owned
Location of Drawings: none known to exist
Location of Documentary Photographs: authors

Bibliography: (1) New Houses about Town, El Paso Herald, July 20, 1909, Page 11: S. Aronstein has completed his plans for the erection of a $10,000 residence on West Rio Grande Street. The plans were prepared by Trost & Trost.
(2) Worley’s Directory of El Paso, Texas, 1911 (Dallas: John Worley Directory Co., 1911), pages 45 and 121 (this was the first city directory entry located for the Aronstein house; Aronstein was listed as manager of
Kohlberg Bros.)
(3) El Paso Herald , January 11, 1911 Annual Summary of Southwestern Progress page 23. A photo of the home

Remarks: The Aronstein house may be described as an American four square house, or as a prairie box house. One of the south windows is a Chicago window, with a grape vine motif incorporating sinewy, art nouveu stems. The segment of West Rio Grande Street that ran past the Aronstein house has been renamed and is now a segment of Los Angeles Drive; the first city directory listing found for the house, dated 1911, listed it as 628  West Boulevard; West Boulevard is now West Yandell Drive.

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