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Hoffecker Residence
El Paso, Texas


Description: Hoffecker residence
Other Names: Vail house
Address: 1514 Montana Avenue, El Paso, El Paso County, Texas
Type: domestic: home
Original Client: Lyman W. Hoffecker
Historic Inventory: none
Date: 1908
Condition: extant; in use as a home

Architect or Firm: Lyman W. Hoffecker
Associated Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Contractors: roofing: Turbeville Construction Company
Dimensions and Orientation: three stories with basement; faces north

Foundation: stone
Wall Materials: yellow brick
Roofing Materials: shingle with tile edge
Other Materials Used: cement lintels and sills; wood pillars and balcony trim
Remodeling and Additions: sleeping porch enclosed; the roof observatory is a recent addition

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

Bibliography: (1) Many Small Residences Are Under Construction, El Paso Herald, January 29, 1908, page 10 (roofing contractor named)
(2) El Paso Herald, February 26, 1908, page 13: The L. W. Hoffecker residence on Montana street near Austin [now Langtry Street] is being completed, now being in the hands of the finishers.
(3) [Harriot Howze Jones], Heritage Homes of El Paso: the Hoffecker House, Password, volume XVI, number 2 (summer, 1971), pages 82-83 (describes the house, gives biographical information on Lyman W.
Hoffecker, and reports that he designed and built his house with some advice and help from his good friend Henry Trost; states that the enclosed swimming pool was the first private pool in El Paso)

Remarks: An imposing neoclassical house, similar in style and scale to the Zach White residence in El Paso ( 1905-1906). Hoffecker was a building supplier and business colleague of the Henry Trost. His advertisement appears in Trost & Trost, Architects (El Paso: Trost & Trost, 1907), page 57.

In 1910, Lyman Hoffecker filed for bankruptcy. The Hoffecker homestead valued at $19,00 was claimed to be exempt. In 1915, Cora Hoffecker passed away and Mr. Hoffecker remains Sara Jane Watkins.

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