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McKinley County Court House
Gallup, New Mexico


Description: McKinley County Court House
Other Names: none
Address: 201 West Hill Avenue, Gallup, McKinley County, New Mexico
Type: government: court house
Original Client: Works Progress Administration
Historic Inventory:
Date: 1938 – opened August 1939
Condition: extant; in use

Architect or Firm: Gustavus A. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Contractors: Kilbourne L. House
Dimensions and Orientation: three stories with elevated basement; irregular plan with set-backs; faces North

Foundation: concrete
Wall Materials: reinforced concrete; dark cement plaster over the brick walls
Roofing Materials: flat; dome in one corn of the building
Other Materials Used: wood vigas, metal casement windows, terrazzo floors in halls; wainscotting of brightly colored tile in geometric design; Indian sandpainting reproduced on some interior walls; Lloyd Moylan murals in a court room
Remodeling and Additions: ceilings have been lowered

Present Owner: McKinley County
Location of Drawings:
Location of Documentary Photographs: El Paso Public Library: Ponsford 107, Judge’s chamber; Ponsford 108, court room with murals; Gallup Public Library: Lloyd Moylan at work on the murals; two views of the court room; exterior, perspective view.

Bibliography:  (1) The Gallup Independence, March 23, 1939 page 1
(2) The Gallup Independence, December 7, 1938 page 2 Advertisement for Bids

Remarks: The first and second floors are offices. The third floor is given over to the jail, with accommodations for 36 prisoners and the sheriff’s residence. The jail will house men and women.

In the corner stone of the new McKinley Country Courthouse was laid today. A small iron box behind the stone. Contained in the box is a brief history of the project, a few statistics of the county, population, number of children attending Gallup schools, copy of today issue of  The Independent.

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