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Van Horn State Bank
Van Horn, Texas


Description: Van Horn State Bank
Other Names:
Address: Van Horn, Culbertson County, Texas
Type: commercial: bank and store fronts
Original Client: Van Horn State Bank
Date: 1929
Condition: demolished

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Contractors: for electric – Reynolds Electric of El Paso
Dimensions and Orientation: one story complex with bank and shops; faces north. Pueblo style
Budget/Cost: $15,000

Foundation: probably concrete
Wall Materials: stuccoed
Roofing Materials: flat
Other Materials Used: wood beams and spindle work; ornamental tile water table
Remodeling and Additions: appearance completely altered by remodeling

Present Owner:
Location of Drawings: El Paso Public Library: Ponsford 128, photograph of rendering of front elevation
Location of Documentary Photographs: El Paso Public Library, Ponsford 130, bank and portion of adjacent shop.

Bibliography: (1)El Paso Evening Post,November 7, 1929 page 7 opening bids for bank
(2) El Paso Evening Post, September 26, 1929 page 15 plans drawn.


In 1929, Trost & Trost drew plans for a new building for the Van Horn State Bank. In addition to the banking quarters, the plans also included several store fronts. The water company, local newspaper and Eugene Rowe’s store were some of the first occupants in the stores.

The structure was to be located one block west of the Hotel El Capitan (also a Trost & Trost ). The plans called for the buildings to match the architectural lines and to be an extension of the hotel.

The building was designed in a Pueblo style with stucco walls, wood beams, spindles and ornamental tile. The estimated cost of the buildings was $15,000.

Today the structure has been completely altered by remodeling.

The bank is one block West of Hotel El Capitan , and, as originally proposed, was designed to harmonize with the hotel and in effect, appear to be an extension of it. It is not certain how many units of the bank building were built; the bank only appears in the photograph. The old bank is in the corner of the present-day block, abutting a building to the West not 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, 1990