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Catron County Courthouse
Reserve, New Mexico


Description: Catron County Courthouse
Other Names: none
Address: Reserve, Catron County, New Mexico
Type: government: county courthouse
Original Client: Catron County
Date: 1921
Condition: not built

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Dimensions and Orientation: 2 1/2 stories with elevated basement; 30 feet 6 inches across x 99 feet 8 inches

Foundation: concrete
Wall Materials: brick
Roofing Materials: “Red Slate Kote” shingles
Other Materials Used: jail cells of steel re-enforced concrete

Location of Drawings: El Paso Public Library: (G-10) 8 sheets ink on linen plans, including side, front, and rear elevations, dated July 12, 1921

Bibliography: Donald W. Whisenhhunt, New Mexico Courthouses, Southwestern Studies, Monograph No. 57 (El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1979), page 10, brief history of Catron County Courthouses.

Remarks: The Trost building was designed to be built in two parts on a long, narrow lot, and to replace a courthouse of 1916. The 1916 building was demolished to make way for a parking lot for the courthouse building of 1969 on an adjacent lot. We are indebted to Deputy Britt Snyder of the Sheriff’s Department for providing information on the courthouse.

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