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Tornillo Elementary School
Tornillo, Texas

Description: Tornillo Elementary School
Other Names:
Address: Tornillo, El Paso County, Texas
Type: educational; elementary
Original Client: Tornillo Independent School District
Historic Inventory: none
Date: 1924; 1926; 1934
Condition: extant; in use administration building; the separate Domestic Science building has been demolished

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost; 1934 addition by Gustavus A. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Dimensions and Orientation: one story, originally H-shaped, 5 classrooms,80 feet across x 66 feet; faces north
Budget/Cost: $18,000 (?)

Foundation: concrete
Wall Materials: brick
Roofing Materials: composition
Other Materials Used: cement ornament; wood eaves
Remodeling and Additions: additions by Trost & Trost; see Drawings

Present Owner: Tornillo Independent School District
Location of Drawings: El Paso Public Library; (H-4) 7 ink on linen plans including elevations and sections, dated May, 1924, Commission 2612.
The figure $18,000 penciled on Sheet 2; (H-2) 5 original ink on linen plans to add stage, auditorium, and 2 classrooms, dated June, 1926, Commission 2670; (L-30) 2 tissue plans to enlarge one classroom and add another, dated June, 1934, Commission 2885; (L-30) one tissue plan to add new classroom and enlarge boy’s and girl’s toilet rooms, datedĀ August 31, 1935; (L-30) one tissue plan for separate one-room Domestic
Science Building 25 feet 4 inches x 30 feet 4 inches; (L-30) one tissue plan for separate 2-classroom building, 52 feet 6 inches x 33 feet 6 inches.
Location of Documentary Photographs: El Paso Public Library: Ponsford 498, perspective view before landscaping; inked lettering.

Bibliography: El Paso Herald, April 20, 1923 page 14 ‘New Tornillo School Site is Purchased’
2. El Paso Herald, July 17, 1926 page 1 ‘Work on $20,000 Tornillo School Addition Started

Remarks: Commission nos. 2612, 2670, and 2885

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