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Bethold Spitz Residence
Albuquerque, New Mexico


Description: Berthold Spitz residence
Other Names: 
Address: 323 Tenth Street, N. W., Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico
Type: domestic: single family house
Original Client: Bethold Spitz and his wife (n‚e Schutz)
Historic Inventory: National Register number 77000922
Date: 1908-1909
Condition: extant

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Dimensions and Orientation: two stories, full basement
Architectural Style: Prairie School

Foundation: probably concrete
Wall Materials: stucco
Roofing Materials: shingle
Other Materials Used: in the 1960 air conditioning was added
Remodeling and Additions: 1978 and 1979: restored and remodeled to allow part of house to be used for real estate office

Present Owner: privately owned
Location of Drawings: none known to exist
Location of Documentary Photographs: State Records Center & Archives, 404 Montezuma, Santa Fe, New Mexico: two photographs of exterior in CPRC-SPO files, ca. 1970; authors

Bibliography: (1) Lloyd C. and June F. Engelbrecht, Henry C. Trost: Architect of the Southwest (El Paso: El Paso Public Library Association, 1981), page 47
(2) El Paso Herald November 25, 1908 page 10; Mrs. Bernard Spitz of Albuquerque daughter of Mrs. Schutz of El Paso is having a $7500 residence built at Albuquerque, N.M. The plans are by Trost & Trost.

Remarks: The was an addition add to the house later.

In 1983, Spitz was married to Fannie Schutz of El Paso, a daughter of one of that city’s leading merchants. Late in 1944 Fannie Spitz’s sister, Helen Schutz Ilfeld, widow of Noa Ilfeld and executrix of Fannie Spitz’ estate, sold the house to Hanni Seligman, wife of Leopold Seligman for $12,000. Seligman ran a mercantile called Pioneer Wear. Mr. Seligman died in 1946 but his widow took over as president of Pioneer and raised the three children in the house. After the children left, she sold the house to an Albuquerque attorney Pat Sheedan. She used it as rental property. In 1970s,  the occupant of the home was Chaparral Home and Adoption Service, a charitable organization devoted to assisting unmarried mothers

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.