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Walter Douglas Residence
Bisbee, Arizona


Description: Walter Douglas residence
Other Names: W. H. Brophy house; Solomon house; Loma Linda Lodge;Hodgson house
Address: 201 Cole Avenue, Bisbee (Warren), Cochise County, Arizona
Type: domestic
Original Client: Walter Douglas
Historic Inventory:
Date: 1907-1908
Condition: extant

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Dimensions and Orientation: faces south; 42 rooms and a patio bounded by Semicircular arches, eight bays by four bays

Foundation: concrete
Wall Materials: reinforced concrete
Roofing Materials: metal tiles with the appearance of a Spanish ceramic tile roof
Other Materials Used: leaded glass windows
Remodeling and Additions:

Present Owner: Privately owned, Denise Loth 2011
Location of Drawings: El Paso Public Library: Ponsford 176, photograph of a rendering of a house for Mr. Solomon; Trost family collection, two photographs of renderings, (1) a somewhat out of focus print shows a rendering for a variant design for the Douglas house, and is labeled: Res. for W. H. Brophy/Warren, Ariz./Trost & Trost, Archts., and (2) an unlabeled print of a rendering showing the house as built.

Location of Documentary Photographs: owner; Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum: exterior, entry way, living room, staircase.

Bibliography: (1) Margaret L. Borowiec, Bisbee’s Pioneer Homes (Bisbee: 1976), page 37, date, number of rooms, attribution to F. C. Hurst, history of the house
(2) Arizona Good Roads Association Illustrated Road Maps and Tour Book(Prescott, Arizona: Arizona Good Roads Association, 1913; reprinted,Phoenix: Arizona Highways Magazine, 1987), page 63, exterior photograph
(3) Bisbee Daily Review, October 27, 1907 clearly state that Trost & Trost of El Paso are the architects
(4) El Paso Herald, April 2, 1907 page 6 Douglas Residences

Remarks: The drawing shown in Ponsford 176 is unquestionably a preliminary study for the Walter Douglas house.  This elegant house is the largest of Trost’s domestic commissions. It is handsomely sited at the top of a hill, and the lower floor of the interior is carried out in the craftsman style. The exterior ornament is exceptional

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