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 Costello Building
Bisbee, Arizona


Description: Costello Cabaret
Other Names: Tavern Building
Address: 35 Main Street, Bisbee, Cochise County, Arizona
Type: commercial: saloon and office space
Original Client:
Historic Inventory:
Date: 1907
Condition: extant

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Dimensions and Orientation: faces south; three stories; 23 feet, 9 inches wide

Foundation: probably concrete
Wall Materials: hydraulically pressed brick, from St. Louis
Roofing Materials: flat
Other Materials Used: luxfer prisms over store area
Remodeling and Additions:

Present Owner: privately owned
Location of Drawings: none known to exist
Location of Documentary Photographs: UTEP Special Collections

Bibliography: Tom Vaughan, Bisbee’s Transition Years: 1899-1910, Cochise Quarterly, volume 14, number 4 (Winter, 1984), pages 8, 21 and 22 (date of building, identification of Henry Trost as architect, discussion of brick used, and photograph showing the building following fire of 1908)

Remarks: The original building on this site was the Norton House, which burned in the 1908 fire. Martin Costello, a millionaire mining man from Tombstone, owned several commercial lots in Bisbeee and rebuilt on them immediately after the fire.

The building shares a roofline with the building to the east . Edward Rojo and Ralph Ruiz own the Tavern Cabaret, according to a recent (c. 1989) telephone directory.

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.