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Val Verde Hotel
Socorro, New Mexico


Description: Val Verde Hotel
Other Names: none
Address: Manzanares Street, Socorro, Socorro County, New Mexico
Type: hotel
Original Client: C.T. Brown; Mr. and Mrs. D.E. Snyder, leasees
Historic Inventory: National Register Reference Number 77000930
Date: built 1918-1919
Condition: extant; in use

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Dimensions and Orientation: U-shaped, 2-1/2 story central block with one-story wings; 140 feet 2 inches across x 142 feet 2 inches deep
Architectural Style: Spanish Mission Revival

Foundation: concrete
Wall Materials: grey brick
Roofing Materials: composition with tile coping
Other Materials Used:
Remodeling and Additions: converted to apartments, restaurant and retail spaces

Present Owner: privately owned Jim Burleson
Location of Drawings: El Paso Public Library: (H-19) 9 sheets ink on linen plans, including elevations, dated May, 1918
Location of Documentary Photographs: El Paso Public Library: Ponsford 627, 628


Remarks: Commission 2436

Ponsford 559, a proposal for the Paisano Hotel, Marfa, Texas of 1927, is a variant on the Val Verde.

The Windsor Hotel was located between the plaza and the Santa Fe Depot on Manzanares Ave. It burned down in 1919 was replaces by the Val Verde Hotel at approximately the same location.

The hotel was leased to Mr. and Mrs D.E. Snyder, experienced hotel people from Arkansas. Then Snyder died in 1922, Mrs. Snyder became the sole operator of the hotel and ran it until she moved to California in 1929. Mrs. Snyder’s brother, Walter Paxton, took over the operation of the hotel and ran it until his death, late in 1955.

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