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El Patio Roadside Inn
El Paso, Texas


Description: El Patio Roadside Inn
Other Names:
Address: 10 miles east of the city on the main lower valley road, El Paso, Texas.
Type: Hotel
Original Client: Mrs. Lorena L. Bowen, sister of Everett Bradt
Date: 1930

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost and Everett Bradt (since it was his sister )
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Dimensions and Orientation: long row of one-story adobe rooms, with thick walls

Foundation: probably concrete
Wall Materials: plastered
Roofing Materials: tile
Other Materials Used:
Remodeling and Additions: the place was purchased from J.B. Paden for $8,000. Over $10,000 was spent in remodeling

Location of Drawings:
Location of Documentary Photographs:

Bibliography:  El Paso Evening Post, May 7, 1930 page 11 Roadside Inn is Designed as Old Mission

Remarks:  Mrs. Bowen husband was the owner of Bowen Construction. The establishment of the wayside inn stands as the realization of a dream and hobby entertained by Mrs. Bowen for some years. She has made several trips to New York and other centers for ideas and features.

The transformation somewhat resembles an old mission. There is a niche over the doorway in which will hang a bell. Blue shutters addd a further Spanish tone. Spanish fireplace in corner of rooms are other features together with exposed rafters, colorful tapestries, awnings and orange and green furniture. Living room, dining room and private dining room in the front. Food was also available. Mrs. H.J. Sherwood was the manager.

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.