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Elks Club
El Paso, Texas

Description: Elks Club
Other Names: none
Address: Northwest corner Stanton Street and Texas Avenue, El Paso, El Paso County, Texas
Type: fraternal: lodge
Original Client: Benevolent Protective Order of Elks
Date: ca. 1911-1920
Condition: not built

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Dimensions and Orientation: two stories, 86.6 feet x 90 feet

Foundation: Newberry’s roof
Wall Materials: concrete
Roofing Materials: flat
Other Materials Used: terra cotta ornament; wooden pergola to the north

Location of Drawings: El Paso Public Library: (L-62) 12 pencil on tissue plans, with 3 typed pages of specifications; (N-106) pencil on tissue, with red and brown wash: plans for second through sixth stories of a lodge structure with rounded corners, with lodge on sixth story, and with spaces labeled room on third, fourth and fifth stories; Ponsford 118, photograph of rendering


Remarks: The Ponsford photograph shows the proposed club as an extension of the Newberry building (TXELPAC.014), but in an eclectic rather than Chicago School style. Plans L-62 are for a six-story building with a light court beginning on the third floor, and are believed to relate to this project rather than a separate building. The dimensions are almost identical to Newberry’s. We also assume that the plans in N-106 also relate to the same building, rather to a separate building. Blueprint L-71 is designated as the first floor for Missouri and Oregon, where the Masonic Temple (TXELPAF.006) was built in 1912. In spite of the address, the plans appear to relate to this proposal.

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