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Brophy Building
Douglas, Arizona


Description: Brophy Builidng
Other Names: Western Investment Building
Address: 1033-1055 G Avenue and 11th Street, Douglas, Cochise County, Arizona
Type: commercial: offices
Original Client: Western Investment Co.
Historic Inventory: On National Register, 1985, as part of Douglas Commercial Historic District.
Date: commissioned 1906; opened 1907
Condition: extant

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Contractors: Tadlock Brothers
Dimensions and Orientation: two stories solid brick masonry, faces east; U-shaped with unequal wings, 100 feet across x 124 feet deep
Architectural Style: Neo-Classical Revival Influences

Foundation: concrete
Wall Materials: brick
Roofing Materials: flat
Other Materials Used: zinc egg and dart molding at cornice; prism glass above store fronts
Remodeling and Additions: Numerous additions have been made to the rear of the building.

Present Owner:
Location of Drawings: El Paso Public Library: (I-4): 9 sheets of plans, ink on linen, sheets 1 through 9, dated June 21, 1906, including side, front and rear elevations.
Location of Documentary Photographs:

Bibliography: (1) Trost & Trost, Architects (El Paso: Trost & Trost, 1907), page 9, rendering of G Avenue elevation and rear elevation
(2) Douglas Improvements, Bisbee Daily Review, January 11, 1906, page 4: W.H. Brophy of Bisbee expects to build a large business block at the corner of Eleventh street and G avenue. The building will have a 100 foot front on G Avenue. It has not yet been definitely planned, but it will likely be two stories high.
(3) Douglas Daily Dispatch, February 22, 1906; July 4, 1906; July 22, 1906; February 10, 1907; April 23, 1907

Remarks: Built by William H. Brophy, in partnership with James Douglas, founder and president of Phelps-Dodge. It is also a historically important structure because of its association with Dr. James Douglas and Brophy, two of Douglas’ founding fathers and leading figures.

The original prism glass and copper transoms are covered or have been removed. The original storefronts have also been removed. The stone archway marking the entrance remains.

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.