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New Mexico Normal University Auditorium and Classroom
Las Vegas, New Mexico


Description: New Mexico Normal University auditorium and classroom complex
Other Names: New Mexico Highlands University
Address: Las Vegas, San Miguel County, New Mexico
Type: educational: university auditorium and classroom complex
Original Client: New Mexico Normal University
Date: ca. 1914
Condition: not built

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Dimensions and Orientation:

Wall Materials:
Roofing Materials:
Other Materials Used:

Location of Drawings: El Paso Public Library: (l-50) 8 sheets of blueprints, labeled New Mexico Normal University

Bibliography: Elmo Baca, Stone Architecture of Las Vegas (six page folder; Las Vegas: Citizens’ Committee for Historic Preservation, 1987), dates for the Ilfeld Auditorium given as 1914-1921 (it was not, however, finished until 1928), describes contribution of funds by Charles Ilfeld (1847-1929) to complete the auditorium in memory of his wife, Adele, i.e. Nordhaus (1854-1919)

Remarks: The Ilfeld Auditorium, as constructed, was designed by E. Hart as a free standing theatre, not connected with classroom or other facilities. Trost evidently made two sets of plans, ca. 1914, i.e., before the Ilfeld contribution was made, as variations on an early scheme in which the auditorium would be part of classroom, museum, and administration facilities.

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