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New Mexico University Y. M. C. A. Building
Las Cruces, New Mexico


Description: New Mexico College Y. M. C. A. Building
Other Names: Army R. O. T. C. Building, New Mexico State University
Address: New Mexico State University Campus, Las Cruces (University Park), Dona Ana County, New Mexico
Type: educational: campus Y. M. C. A. building
Original Client: jointly Y. M. C. A. and New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
Historic Inventory:
Date: 1907-1908
Condition: extant

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Dimensions and Orientation: three stories, square

Foundation: concrete
Wall Materials: brick (clad)
Roofing Materials: tile
Other Materials Used:
Remodeling and Additions:

Present Owner: State of New Mexico
Location of Drawings: none known to exist
Location of Documentary Photographs: New Mexico State University Library: Rio Grande Historical Collections/Hobson-Huntsinger University Archives

Bibliography: Lloyd C. and June F. Engelbrecht, Henry C. Trost: Architect of the Southwest (El Paso: El Paso Public Library Association, 1981), page 95

Remarks:  The detail of YMCA insignia on west face of building. The YMCA Building was one of only three student-owned university buildings west of the Mississippi River when it was built. It was built primarily to provide dormitory facilities for male students, it was a boarding house in the 1920s. The YMCA was brought by the University in 1964. It was the headquarters for Air Force program until they moved to Young Hall. It is currently the Honors Center.

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