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New Mexico State Capitol Addition
Santa Fe, New Mexico


Description: Capitol Addition
Other Names: Addition to the New Mexico State Capitol Building
Address: Galisteo Street at Montezuma, Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico
Type: governmental: state capitol
Original Client: State of New Mexico
Historic Inventory:
Date: 1922-1924
Condition: extant

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Contractors: V.E. Ware, El Paso
Dimensions and Orientation: faces east; two stories plus basement; 191 feet, 10 inches wide; at the center of the rear (west) facade is a two level covered passageway, connecting the basement and ground story to an earlier addition to the Capitol
Budget/Cost: $215,827.00, including $9,137.51 paid to Trost & Trost. The legislature only authorized $250,000

Foundation: concrete
Wall Materials:
Roofing Materials: tar and gravel over cinder fill
Other Materials Used:
Remodeling and Additions: exterior extensively remodeled (Territorialized), 1950-1953

Present Owner: State of New Mexico
Location of Drawings: State Records Center and Achives, 404 Montezuma, Santa Fe: 17 sheets, reduced size negative image machine copies of ink on linen originals
Location of Documentary Photographs:  Museum of New Mexico, Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe: 10379, photograph by T. Harmon Parkhurst, aerial view of older capital building and Trost designed Capitol Addition; 74165, dated September 7, 1956, aerial view of older capital building and Trost designed Capitol Addition, showing both buildings after exterior remodeling; 91176, photograph by Dick Kent, dated 1967, showing present Capitol, with Trost designed Capitol Addition in the background

Bibliography:(1) The Clayton News, Clayton New Mexico April 21, 1922 page 1
(2) Alamogordo News, Alamogordo News June 1, 1922 page 2 ‘Addition to N.M Capital Building to be started soon’

Remarks: Commission number 2548.
The contract was awarded to Trost & Trost April 6, 1922; a letter signed by J. F. Hinkle, Governor of New Mexico, and other state officials, dated June 17, 1924, and stated that they do formally accept the Capitol Addition. These points, and budget figures, are in: Gov. Mecham Papers, Report of the Capital Addition Commission, 1921; and in Complete Report of Capitol Commision 1924, part of the Capitol Custodian Commission file, State Records Center and Archives, 404 Montezuma, Santa Fe. The involvement of Henry C. Trost in the design of the Capitol Addition is documented in a letter, George E. Trost to George Luhrs, Jr., February 19, 1923: H. C. [Trost] left last night for Santa Fe to accept the addition to State Capitol. The letter is in the Luhrs file, Arizona Room, Arizona State University Library, Tempe.

The addition was needed since the state was renting quarters for several officers at intervals for the past five to six years. The building was to be located east of the present structure, separated by an arch driveway.

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