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Columbia Furniture – Globe Emporium & Hotel Lenox
El Paso, Texas


Description: Columbia Furniture
Other Names: The Globe Emporium; Hotel Lenox
Address: 214-216 East Overland Avenue at South Mesa Street, El Paso, El Paso County, Texas
Type: commercial: retail store and hotel
Original Client:  Israel Laskin and Louis Laskin
Historic Inventory: nominated for the National Register; rejected in 1980; for records of these actions, contact: Texas Historical Commission, Austin
Date: 1914-1917
Condition: extant

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Contractors: McGreoger & Hanger
Dimensions and Orientation: three stories; 76 feet x 108 feet 6 inches;basement
Architectural Style: early 20th century commerical
Budget/Cost: $85,000

Foundation: concrete
Wall Materials: brown brick
Roofing Materials: tar and gravel
Other Materials Used: galvanized iron cornice; copper awning hood; store front Georgia marble
Remodeling and Additions: street facades somewhat modernized

Present Owner:
Location of Drawings: El Paso Public Library: (M-14) 22 ink-on-linen pages, including front, side and rear elevations, dated January, 1917
Location of Documentary Photographs: El Paso Public Library: Ponsford 550, perspective view; Aultman A5068, perspective view of about the same time; 215

Bibliography:(1) American Architect and Building News, volume CVI, number 2013 (July 22, 1914), Building News Section, page 16: “El Paso, Tex. Laskin Bros., who own the property at the corner of Broadway [sic. since renamed South Mesa Street] and Overland Street., are having plans for a concrete store building to be erected on the property owned by them.”
(2) El Paso Herald, August 29, 1914 page 42
(3) El Paso Herald, July 11, 1914 page 3
(4) El Paso Herald, January 13, 1917 page 3
(5) El Paso Herald, June 16, 1917 page 5
(6) El Paso Herald, February 19, 1917 page 12

Remarks: Commission 2402
In 1914, Laskin hired Trost & Trost to draw plans for a building on Overland and Broadway street. It was to be three stories high with a basement under the entire building. The ground floor would measure 76 by 102. The building was to be of brick construction and would front to Broadway. The cost $85,000. The contract for the construction of the building went to McGregor & Hanger, with a bid of $69,031. The store fronts was to be finished in Georgia marble.

The first floor and basement of the building would be occupied by the Globe Dry Goods company and the upper floors would be fitted for the Hotel Lenox. The hotel offered guest a fireproof place to stay, running water, private baths and a phone. The cost $1.00 and up. You could also get the weekly rate of $3.50.

Later the building occupied the Columbia Furniture Company.

Rejected for National Register because it is extremely it is  modest building lacking the distinctive design qualities and characteristic of other Trost buildings

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.