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University of Texas at El Paso – Benedict Hall
El Paso, TX

Description: Benedict Hall, University of Texas at El Paso
Other Names: Women’s Dormitory
Address: El Paso, El Paso County, Texas
Type: educational: college, later university
Original Client: University of Texas Board of Regents; Dr. D.M. Wiggins President of College
Historic Inventory:
Date: 1935-1937
Condition: extant

Architect or Firm: Gustavus A. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Dimensions and Orientation: faces west; three stories; foundation has inside dimensions of 85 feet x 34 feet, 8 inches; walls batter inward 7 inches per ten feet
Budget/Cost: $100,000 PWA Loan for Worrell and Benedict Dorms.

Foundation: concrete
Wall Materials: plaster, over brick, stone and concrete
Roofing Materials: composition
Other Materials Used: exposed brick and glazed tile trim
Remodeling and Additions: Additions made in 1965 and 1966.

Present Owner: University of Texas Board of Regents
Location of Drawings: El Paso Public Library, O-3, 8 ink on linen plans dated December 26, 1935, side, front and rear elevations, plus 4 sheets of common features with the Men’s Dormitory (Worrell Hall) , and two small sheets of kitchen revisions
Location of Documentary Photographs:

Bibliography: (1) The 1939 Flow sheet; Annual Publication of Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy (El Paso: 1939), page 14 (detail of entrance)
(2) Nancy Hamilton, UTEP: a Pictorial History of the University of Texas at El Paso (El Paso: Texas Western Press, the University of Texas at El Paso; Norfolk: The Donning Company, 1988), page 93 (general view)
(3) El Paso Herald Dec 21, 1935 Page 10. Dr. Wiggins speaks about the financing for the two dorms.

Remarks: Commission 2898 (commission was for two dormitory buildings)

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