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Seeton House
El Paso, Texas


Description: Seeton house
Other Names: Fink house; Bustamente Apartments; Quijano house
Address: 1108 Upson Drive, El Paso, El Paso County, Texas
Type: domestic: single family home
Original Client: Bruce W. Seeton
Historic Inventory: In Sunset Heights Historic District
Date: before 1909
Condition: extant; in use as a home

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Dimensions and Orientation: “Foursquare,” two stories with attic; full basement; faces northeast

Wall Materials: yellow brick, painted
Roofing Materials: shingle
Other Materials Used:
Remodeling and Additions: side porch enclosed in 1936; converted to apartments in the 1970s; restored to a single family house in 1989

Present Owner: privately owned
Location of Drawings: None known to exist
Location of Documentary Photographs: authors

Bibliography: (1) Lloyd C. Engelbrecht, Henry Trost: the Prairie School in the Southwest, The Prairie School Review, volume VI, number 4 (Fourth Quarter, 1969), page 23 (discussion; 1967 exterior photograph by June F.
(2) Roxanne Schroeder, Building upon Trost; “Couple Refurbishes Home Left by Famous Architect”, El Paso Times, October 15, 1989, Homes section, pages 8 and 10

Remarks: First listed in the El Paso city directory in 1909. The house was purchased in 1936 by Mr. and Mrs. William N. Fink, Sr. for $5,000. At that time there was a lawn and flower garden to the east where a small house now stands. Mrs. Fink (Maribelle i.e. Harris) had the house painted white and enclosed the east porch to form a conservatory. The house originally had four bedrooms, one with a fireplace, and a full basement with servant quarters and utility rooms.

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.