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Mary A. Bassett Residence
Silver City, New Mexico


Description: Mary A. Bassett house
Other Names:
Address: 1213 West Sixth Street, on the southeast corner of Sixth and E streets, Silver City, Grant County, New Mexico
Type: domestic: single family house
Original Client: Mary A. Bassett
Historic Inventory:
Date: 1927-1928
Condition: extant

Architect or Firm: Gustavus A. Trost (?)
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Contractors: H. T. Ponsford & Sons
Dimensions and Orientation: one story; faces north
Budget/Cost: paid to contractor: $7879; architects’ fee: 5%, or $393.95

Wall Materials: multi colored tapestry brick
Roofing Materials: copper clad hipped roof, according to Susan Berry (see bibliography, below); the specifications call for Certain Teed four width Shingles, 10± x 36, green in color.
Other Materials Used:
Remodeling and Additions:

Present Owner: Sharon Bookwalter and Dean Jarosh
Location of Drawings: plans for the house owned by Sharon Bookwalter and Dean Jarosh
Location of Documentary Photographs:

Bibliography: Susan Berry and Sharman Apt Russell, Built to Last; an Architectural History of Silver City, New Mexico (Silver City, New Mexico: Silver City Museum Society, 1986, pages 98 and 103

Remarks: The El Paso Public Library has a letter from Susan Berry to Mary A. Sarber, April 2, 1990, relating current ownership of the house, location of the house, and ownership of the original plans; the E. P. P. L. also has Xerox copies of invoices and a contract for construction of the house, as well as Xerox copies of a sixteen page specification document, with cover sheet and one page of addenda.
The tentative attribution to Gustavus A. Trost was based on his initials on the Trost & Trost invoice; a Xerox copy of this invoice is among the materials described above.

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