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St. Joseph’s Sanitarium
Eagle Nest, New Mexico

Description: St. Joseph’s Sanitarium
Other Names:
Address: Eagle Nest (Therma), Colfax County, New Mexico
Type: medical
Original Client:
Date: 1920 or later (see remarks, below)
Condition: not built

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost (?)
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Dimensions and Orientation: a 4 level complex with 3 set-backs

Foundation: probably concrete
Wall Materials: smooth; plastered or reinforced concrete
Roofing Materials: flat
Other Materials Used: wood vigas

Location of Drawings: El Paso Public Library: Ponsford 326, photograph of a rendering of front elevation


Remarks: The town of Therma existed under that name from 1920 to 1935, after which it was named Eagle Nest. See: T.M. Pearce, New Mexico Place Names; a Geographical Dictionary (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press), 1965, pages 50 and 165.

The sanitarium is one of many elegant Trost & Trost Pueblo Revival projects. Possibly the Depression caused the cancellation of this project. The pine covered mountains in the rendering resemble the area north of Eagle Nest, rather than Eagle Nest itself.

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.