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Caples Residence
El Paso, Texas


Description: Caples house
Other Names: The American Legion, Post 36
Address: North Santa Fe Street and West Missouri Avenue, El Paso, El Paso County, Texas
Type: domestic: single family home
Original Client: Richard Caples
Date: ca. 1910
Condition: demolished

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Dimensions and Orientation: two stories; 55 feet square, including porches

Foundation: stone (?) with marble footing
Wall Materials: yellow brick
Roofing Materials: Spanish tile; rubberier over porches
Other Materials Used: terra cotta ornament over the porches
Remodeling and Additions:

Location of Drawings: El Paso Public Library: (A-2) 11 ink on linen sheets of plans, including front and rear elevations; Ponsford 306, photograph of drawing Missouri St. Elevation/Building for the American Legion, for a proposed rear addition, not built

Location of Documentary Photographs: El Paso Public Library, Aultman A1626, perspective view; 40, duplicate of same

Bibliography: (1) El Paso Chamber of Commerce, El Paso, the Story of a City, 1883-1910 (El Paso: El Paso Chamber of Commerce, [1910]), unpaged (photograph of exterior)
(2)El Paso Chamber of Commerce, Prosperity and Opportunities in El Paso and El Paso’s Territory the 1911 Report of the El Paso Chamber of Commerce (El Paso: Chamber of Commerce, 1911), page 59 (photograph of exterior)
(3) Fraternity Homes Well Represented Here, El Paso Herald, January 28, 1922, page 4-B (photograph of exterior made during the period when it was an American Legion hall)

Remarks: From the plans, it can be seen that the interior was carried out in the Craftsman style. There was a built-in sideboard in the dining room, and an inglenook near the main stairs. There were five chambers upstairs, and a divided bath with tub and shower. The American Legion Post was first listed here in the 1922 El Paso city directory. The proposed addition appears to date from the 1930s.

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.