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High School Building Addition
Lordsburg, New Mexico



Description: High School Building
Other Names: Junior High School (1952-1971)
Address: Penn Street between Second and Third, Lordsburg, Hidalgo County, New Mexico
Type: educational: high school
Original Client: Lordsburg Independent School District
Historic Inventory:
Date: 1914
Condition: extant

Architect or Firm: 1914 – J.O Michaued architect; 1927 – Henry Trost architect
Associated Architect or Firm:
Dimensions and Orientation: two stories, T-shaped; 130 feet 10 inches across x 54 feet 2 inches deep; gym wing, 46 feet 4 inches across x 63 feet 8 inches deep; faces East

Foundation: concrete
Wall Materials: red brick
Roofing Materials: flat
Other Materials Used: concrete trim and entry stairs
Remodeling and Additions: In 1927, it was remodeled. The sloped roof was replaces with a flat one, the building expanded, and an auditorium was added.

Present Owner: Lordsburg Independent School District
Location of Drawings: El Paso Public Library: Ponsford 459, photograph of a rendering, front elevation
Location of Documentary Photographs: UTEP Special Collections


Remarks: The original building done in 1914 was done by architect J.O Michaued. Trost is credited for the 1927 addition to the building. A two story auditorium and a new class room wings

In use at one time as an elementary school, as well. Phil DeFoor, Superintendent of Schools, described the wall construction as three layers of concrete and brick. He also stated that Sandra Day O’Connor attended the third grade there. (Interview, 1988)

There have been plans presented to restore and renovate the building over the years since it closure, but no agreement was reached with Lordsburg Municipal School. In 2006, Edmund Saucedo nominated the building to be listed on the New Mexico List of Most Endangered Places through the New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance. The building was added to the list in 2007. The NMHPA is New Mexico’s only statewide, private organization dedicated to the protection, preservation and stewardship of New Mexico’s cultural heritage properties.

In July of 2011, city and county government signed a transfer of agreement with Lordsburg Municipal School District to take over the building as joint owners. In October, the Hidalgo County Heritage Society was established as 501(c)3 non-profit organization to manage fundraising and renovation of the Enrichment Center. (information courtesy of Hidalgo Country Heritage Website)

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