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Gadsden Hotel Reconstruction -1928
Douglas, Arizona


Description: Gadsden Hotel (reconstruction)
Other Names:
Address: Douglas, Cochise County, Arizona
Type: hotel
Original Client: for restoration: Mr. and Mrs. Franklin. Mackey
Historic Inventory: National Register number 76000371
Date: commissioned 1906; opened November, 1907; reconstructed 1928, after a fire of 1927
Condition: extant

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Dimensions and Orientation: five stories

Wall Materials:
Roofing Materials:
Other Materials Used:
Remodeling and Additions: interior alterations

Present Owner: Henry and Robin Brekhus 2011, 2016 Angel and Florencio Lopez
Location of Drawings: El Paso Public Library: (I-7) 31 sheets of plans, ink-on-linen, sheets 1 through 31, including side, front and rear elevations, dated May, 1928; B-1, pencil on tissue, very detailed perspective view, proposal
Location of Documentary Photographs: El Paso Public Library: Ponsford 222a, 222b, 251, 253, 255, 256

Bibliography: (1) Lloyd C. and June F. Engelbrecht, Henry C. Trost: Architect of the Southwest (El Paso: El Paso Public Library Association, 1981), pages 85-88
(2) The Daily Dispatch, Douglas, October 31, 1975, page-4, brief history of the hotel before and after the fire, exterior photographs the pre and post fire hotel, lobby photograph
(3) Ann Patterson, Hotel on the Border, Arizona Republic, Phoenix, October 14, 1984, pages S1 and S11, interior and exterior photographs, history of the hotel and its restoration, description of the role of Audley Dean Nichols
(4) Vincent J. Schodolski, A Neglected Jewel at the Frontier’s End, Chicago Tribune, August 11, 1985, section 12, page 3, interior photograph, history of the hotel, lists of famous guests, including Eleanor Roosevelt

Remarks: Commission 2746.

The window at the top of the staircase was designed by Audley Dean Nichols, the stain glass  windows was done by Ralph Baker of El Paso Texas. The mural in a lunette below the window was painted by Nichols. The hotel is said to be haunted by the headless ghost of a man who roams the basement.

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.