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Samaniego Building
El Paso, Texas


Description: Samaniego building
Other Names:
Address: 110-112 Stanton Street , El Paso, El Paso County, Texas
Type: commercial: retail store and offices
Original Client: Jose A. Samaniego, M. D.
Historic Inventory:
Date: 1907
Condition: extent

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Dimensions and Orientation: 3 stories and basement; approximately 36.9 feet across the facade x 79 feet deep
Budget/Cost: $20,000

Foundation: concrete footing with brick piers
Wall Materials: brick
Roofing Materials: flat
Other Materials Used: galvanized iron brackets and cornice
Remodeling and Additions:

Present Owner:
Location of Drawings: El Paso Public Library: (C-4) five ink on linen sheets, including elevations, gift of Malcolm McGregor, March, 1979
Location of Documentary Photographs:

Bibliography: (1)”New Business Block Adjoining Trust Building,” El Paso Herald, January 30, 1907, page 12 (architects named, budget given, location reported as Stanton Street “adjoining the Guaranty Trust building”)
(2) EL Paso Herald, June 27, 1907 page 16 Steel for the Samaniego building
(3) El Paso Herald, August 15, 1907 page 2 Horse Falls in Basement
(4) El Paso Herlad, November 27, 1907 page 6 building completed


In 1907, Dr J.A. Samaniego hired the firm of Trost & Trost to design a building on his property on Stanton Street. The building was to adjoin the Guaranty Trust building on the south side. The cost for the building $20,000.

The building was to be three stories, with 36 feet on Stanton street with a depth of 79 feet. The first floor was to be used as a storeroom and the upper floors as offices.

Progress on the building was slow. The back order for steel delayed construction until June. The following month a horse being use to run the hoist fell through the flooring into the basement. Several man hours were use in the removal of the horse. The building was not completed in December and ready for occupants.

Dr. Jose A. Samaniego arrived in El Paso in 1901 from Mexico. He set up his practice in his home on Myrtle Ave. He later relocated his office to 110 Stanton street.

Dr. Jose A. Samaniego left El Paso in 1911 and moved his practice to Los Angeles, California.

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