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The New Bazaar and Addition
El Paso, Texas


Description: The New Bazaar and addition
Other Names: Levine’s Department Store; Starr Western Wear, Inc.
Address: 118-124 East Overland Avenue at South Oregon Street, El Paso, El Paso County, Texas
Type: commercial: retail store
Original Client: The New Bazaar, S. H. Levenson and Harry Rosenberg, proprietors
Historic Inventory:
Date: 1920, 1921 and 1925
Condition: in use as a retail clothing store

Architect or Firm: probably Gustavus A. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Dimensions and Orientation: two stories with mezzanine floor and basement; 42 feet across x 115 feet deep; height 34 feet 3 1/2 inches
Budget/Cost: budget for 1921 portion: $68,000

Foundation: concrete
Wall Materials: brick
Roofing Materials: composition over cinder fills
Other Materials Used:
Remodeling and Additions: an addition of 24 feet to the west was made inĀ 1925-1926, as a combination of new construction and remodeling
Present Owner: privately owned

Location of Drawings: El Paso Public Library: (M-7) one ink on linen sheet dated January 20, 1920, elevation and floor plan of show window and entry; (M-8) 8 ink on linen sheets, including north and east elevations, dated February, 1920 and March, 1921; (M-5) 4 ink on linen sheets, including elevations, dated January, 1925
Location of Documentary Photographs:

Bibliography: (1) A Big Growth in Downtown Part of City, El Paso Herald, January 28, 1922, page [1-A] (location, budget)
(2) El Paso Department Stores Hold High Rank, El Paso Herald, January 28,1922, page 10-B (photograph of exterior, shown as part of a montage)
(3) El Paso Herald, March 8, 1921 page 12 Bazaar Store Will Build a New Home

Remarks: Commission 2469 for Levinson & Rosenberg, January 20, 1920, study for entrance; Commission 2493 for Levinson & Rosenberg, February, 1920 and March, 1921; Commission 2626 [client unclear], January, 1925

The February, 1920, plans call for a building of three stories with a mezzanine and basement; the March, 1921, plans top the building off at the second story with a thin slab cornice. Starr has incorporated additional retail space to the east, not designed by Trost & 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, 1993