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Firestone Building
El Paso, Texas


Description: Firestone Building
Other Names: Firestone Bob Musel Tire & Auto
Address: 1031 Texas Avenue at Octavia Street, El Paso, El Paso County, Texas
Type: commercial: warehouse and automobile service station
Original Client: Firestone Tire & Rubber Company
Historic Inventory: none
Date:  February 1928
Condition: extant; automobile repair, tire and accessory shop

Architect or Firm: Henry or Gustavus Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Contractors: H.T. Ponsford
Dimensions and Orientation: two stories (second story is smaller, and L shaped); dimensions from plans: 100 feet x 120 feet; width as measured by authors, August, 1990: 149 feet, 8 inches; faces south
Budget/Cost: $75,000

Foundation: concrete
Wall Materials: reinforced concrete , stuccoed; alley (north) facade: brick
Roofing Materials: flat, clay tile coping
Other Materials Used: plans specify exterior tile wainscoting and copper molding for plate glass
Remodeling and Additions: drive-in space tripled in size; sliding doors removed from Texas Avenue and Octavia Street sides; second story altered

Present Owner: Firestone Company
Location of Drawings: El Paso Public Library: (M-20) 10 ink on linen pages dated October, 1928 and November 20, 1928; including front, rear and side elevations (evidently a preliminary plan, which does not match details in Ponsford 112, below)
Location of Documentary Photographs: El Paso Public Library, Ponsford 112, perspective view from street corner

Bibliography: (1)El Paso Herald November 23, 1928. Shows drawing of building. The Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. building to be completed at Texas and Octavia February 1, for the Union Car Parts Co. The structure will be know as the Car Parts Firestone Building and will occupied solely by the Union Parts Co. Inc.
(2) El Paso Herald, December 28, 1928 page 9

Remarks: Commission 2762
To be used as an automobile warehouse and service station

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