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Service Station and Store
Socorro, New Mexico


Description: Service Station and Store
Other Names: none
Address: Socorro, Socorro County, New Mexico
Type: commercial: retail with auto service station and Garage
Original Client: George Cook
Date: 1927 and 1930
Condition: not built

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost, and Gustavus A. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Contractors: Anderson Brothers
Dimensions and Orientation: one story, irregular, 145 feet, 3 inches across x 92 feet deep
Budget/Cost: $19,000

Foundation: concrete
Wall Materials: brick, plastered
Roofing Materials: composition
Other Materials Used: wood brackets, posts and beams

Location of Drawings: El Paso Public Library: (O-13) 2 sheets ink on linen plans, sheets 2 and 3, including front elevation, dated October, 1927; (O-14) 5 sheets ink on linen plans, sheets 1 through 5, including front elevation, dated May, 1930; Trost collection, freehand pencil sketch of service station corner.

Bibliography: November 30, 1927 speaks of the building of service station, garage and retail. The building of Pueblo style architect

Remarks: Commission no. 2728
One of many fine not built Pueblo Revival designs of this firm; the 1927 elevation closely resembles the Van Horn State Bank as originally proposed. In the 1930 proposal the retail fronts are uniform and the roof line less lively.

We originally believed this to be the design solely of Gustavus A. Trost. But the preliminary drawing in the Trost collection (DRAWING.142), copy following this entry, indicates that Henry C. Trost was very much involved in the design. The doodles with numerals in the lower right corner are typical of Henry C. Trost.

Prepared for the El Paso Public Library by Lloyd C. and June F. Engelbrecht under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1991