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Sharpe Residential Project
El Paso, Texas


Description: Sharpe house project
Other Names:
Address: corner of Rio Grande Avenue and Newman Street, El Paso, El Paso County Texas
Type: domestic: single family house
Original Client: Alfred L. Sharpe
Historic Inventory:
Date: 1906
Condition: probably not built

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Dimensions and Orientation: two stories
Budget/Cost: $7,500

Wall Materials: brick
Roofing Materials:
Other Materials Used:
Remodeling and Additions:

Location of Drawings: none known to exist
Location of Documentary Photographs:

Bibliography: Plans Are Drawn for Many New Residences to Be Built at Early Date, El Paso Herald, September 26, 1906, page 8: Plans for a beautiful residence on Rio Grande Street near Newman have been drawn by Trost & Trost for A. L. Sharpe, customs collector. The house will be a two story brick and will cost about $7500.

Remarks: A. L. Sharpe is listed as an El Paso residential client in an undated Trost & Trost notebook now in the collection of Trost family. According to El Paso city directories, Alfred L. Sharpe lived at 1005 North Mesa in 1907, 1908, 1909 and 1910; he is not listed for 1915, 1920 and 1925. Alfred L. Sharpe was elected as the director of the El Paso Y. M. C. A. in January, 1906; see: El Paso Dedicates her New Y. M. C. A. Building, El Paso Herald, March 27, 1908, page 6.

Since A. L. Sharpe was listed in El Paso city directories at 1005 North Mesa Avenue, in a house that does not appear to be designed by Trost, it is probably that he did not proceed with plans to build a Trost designed house. It may be that as a Federal employee, Sharpe felt he might be subject to transfer to another city.

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