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Occidental Insurance Company
Albuquerque, New Mexico


Description: Occidental Insurance Company
Other Names: Old Occidental Insurance Company
Address: southwest corner, Central Avenue and Broadway, Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico
Type: commercial: office building
Original Client: Occidental Insurance Company
Date: 1905; erected in 1916
Condition: demolished 1978

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

Wall Materials: metal skeleton, walls clad in brick
Roofing Materials:
Other Materials Used:
Remodeling and Additions:

Location of Drawings: None known to exist.
Location of Documentary Photographs:

Bibliography: (1) Lloyd C. and June F. Engelbrecht, Henry C.Trost: Architect of the Southwest (El Paso: El Paso Public Library Association, 1981), page 97
(2) Edna Heatherington Bergman, Old Occidental To Be Demolished! First Baptist Church Elects To Destroy, New Mexico Architecture, volume XX, number 2 (March-April, 1978),page 10
(3) Edna Heatherington Bergman, The Fate of Architectural Theory in Albuquerque: Buildings of Four Decades, 1920-1960, Master of Architecture thesis, University of New Mexico, 1978, page 21

Remarks: The building was listed as a Trost & Trost design in an advertisement in: Worley’s Directory of El Paso, Texas, 1912 (Dallas: John F. Worley Directory Co., 1912), page 498. [The preceding might have been a reference to the design of the preliminary version of the building actually erected in 1916]

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.