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Little Caples Building
El Paso, Texas


Description: Little Caples Building
Other Names: Posener Building
Address: Northwest corner of North Mesa Street and East San Antonio Avenue, El Paso, El Paso County, Texas
Type: commercial: retail store
Original Client: Richard Caples
Date: occupied by September, 1910
Condition: demolished 1941

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Contractors: Sorenson & Morgan
Dimensions and Orientation: five stories; faced south

Foundation: probably concrete
Wall Materials: exposed reinforced concrete
Roofing Materials: flat
Other Materials Used: marble facing used on ground story
Remodeling and Additions:

Location of Drawings: none known to exist
Location of Documentary Photographs: El Paso Public Library: Aultman A5574; A5942 (ca. 1929, building occupied by Alberts Jeweler); A5964, A5965; El Paso 1930-50: 1131; El Paso Bldgs.: 155

Bibliography: (1) “Posener’s New Building,” El Paso Herald, August 27, 1910, page 9, description of the interior
(2) Lloyd C. & June F. Engelbrecht, Henry C. Trost: Architect of the Southwest (El Paso: El Paso Public Library Association, 1981), pages 54 and 55, photograph (A5574) and discussion; page 127, bibliographic notes
(3) Mary A. Sarber, Photographs from the Border; the Otis A. Aultman Collection (El Paso: El Paso Public Library Association, 1977), figure 26 photograph (A5574)


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