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Hoyt Furniture Company
El Paso, Texas

Description: Hoyt Furniture Company
Other Names: Schultz Building
Address: northeast corner North El Paso and San Francisco streets, El Paso, El Paso County, Texas
Type: commercial: retail and offices
Original Client:
Date: 1909-1910
Condition: demolished (although fragments of walls still remain on site)

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost; John J. Stewart, supervising architect
Dimensions and Orientation: two stories and basement, three bays wide x nine bays deep; faced south
Budget/Cost: $25,000

Foundation: concrete
Wall Materials: exposed reinforced concrete; press brick on El Paso Street
Roofing Materials: flat
Other Materials Used: Luxfer prisms over show windows; metal entrance canopy
Remodeling and Additions:

Location of Drawings: None known to exist
Location of Documentary Photographs: El Paso Public Library: 222, perspective view; A5626, duplicate of the same; one of the “Golden Jubilee” photographs, made May 16, 1923, includes an aerial view of downtown El Paso with the roof and upper part of the Hoyt building visible (given to the El Paso Public Library along with a letter describing the gift, Walter Bender to Maud Sullivan, May 29, 1923)

Bibliography: (1) see Remarks, below
(2) “Building Permits Show 50 Percent Increase,” El Paso Herald,
“Skyscraper Edition,” January 12, 1910, Annual Summary of Southwestern Progress, page [1] (brief description, report that the building “will be completed and occupied by the middle of the summer”)
(3) El Paso Chamber of Commerce, Prosperity and Opportunities in El Paso and El Paso’s Territory the 1911 Report of the El Paso Chamber of Commerce (El Paso: Chamber of Commerce, 1911), page 7 (photograph of exterior)

Remarks: In an interview, El Paso architect El Carroll stated that Henry.C. Trost was the designer of the Hoyt building. El Paso Times, August 16, 1964, page 11 A, col. 1. The obituary of John J. Stewart, El Paso Times, October 8, 1928, states that Stewart was the supervising architect of the Hoyt Furniture building while he was associated with Trost & Trost.
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