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Stout’s Hotel
Gila Bend, Arizona


Description: Stout’s Hotel
Other Names: “The Jewel of the Desert”
Address: 113 E. Pima, located on Pima Street at Capitol Avenue, Gila Bend, Maricopa County, Arizona
Type: hotel
Original Client: Albert H. Stout Sr. and Frankie E. Fogel; Stout Hunner 1927 – 1979; Edward Jr. and Rhonda Stout 1979 to ?
Historic Inventory:
Date: 1927 -1929
Condition: extant

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Dimensions and Orientation: two stories, 84 feet 3 inches x 72 feet, faces north
Budget/Cost: $33,000.

Foundation: rubble stone
Wall Materials: adobe, plastered
Roofing Materials: flat with Spanish tile coping
Other Materials Used: concrete pillars for arcade; tile facing on water table, and entry floor
Remodeling and Additions: built in three parts; rear section demolished

Present Owner: Edward Stout
Location of Drawings: none known to exist
Location of Documentary Photographs: UTEP Special Collections

Bibliography: El Paso Evening Post, November 5, 1930, page 6, states that Trost & Trost are the builders of this hotel, among others

Remarks: In the early days, it accommodated a cafe, drug store, barber shop, post office, ice cream parlor, commercial laundry and the first water company and sewer system in Gila Bend and bus stop.

It boasted central air conditioning, steam heat, generated it own electricity and ice plant.

It was the hub of business and commerce. Politics and social gatherings and was the stop for many celebrities on their way to old Tucson to film movies.

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.