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Grade School
Reserve, New Mexico


Description: Grade School
Other Names:
Address: Reserve, Catron County, New Mexico
Type: educational; elementary
Original Client: Socorro Board of Education
Date: 1919
Condition: not built (?)

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Dimensions and Orientation: 2 classrooms and a teachers’ room, 73 feet 10 inches across x 23 feet 8 inches, not including stairs; faced East

Foundation: poured concrete
Wall Materials: concrete blocks; wood partitions
Roofing Materials: shingle
Other Materials Used: brick sills

Location of Drawings: El Paso Public Library: (K-5) 6 sheets ink on linen plans, including side, front and rear elevations, dated July 30, 1919
Location of Documentary Photographs:


Remarks: Commission 2466

There was a school of about this date in Reserve, demolished after a fire in 1952. Much of the foundation remains behind the Texaco service station. After inspecting the ruins, we had doubts that the school was the work of Trost & Trost.
The cornerstones were saved and are incorporated in a garden wall of a residence near the site of the school. The inscriptions are hortatory and give no indication of architect or date.

Catron County was created in 1921; prior to that, it was part of Socorro County.

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