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Western New Mexico University – Light Hall
Silver City, New Mexico


Description: Light Hall, Western New Mexico University
Other Names: Light Hall, New Mexico State Teachers College
Address: Silver City, Grant County, New Mexico
Type: educational: college library and auditorium building
Original Client: Regents of New Mexico State Teachers College
Historic Inventory:
Date: 1927
Condition: extant; in use

Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Contractors: Jack Heather
Dimensions and Orientation: on sloping lot; one-and-one half stories to the North; two stories to the South; T-shaped

Foundation: concrete
Wall Materials: red brick (now plastered)
Roofing Materials: unknown
Other Materials Used:
Remodeling and Additions:

Present Owner: Western New Mexico University
Location of Drawings: El Paso Public Library: blueprint, 5 sheets; (L-60) blueprint, 2 sheets; (L-60) tissue, one sheet, front elevation, pencil, and two sheets of floor plans, ink and pencil on tissue; Ponsford 487, photograph of rendering of preliminary version of North facade
Location of Documentary Photographs: El Paso Public Library: Ponsford 489, perspective view of South facade (inscribed verso Light Hall from S. W. corner/a Newman Photo/Silver)

Bibliography: Susan Berry and Sharman Apt Russell, Built to Last; an Architectural History of Silver City, New Mexico (Silver City, New Mexico: Silver City Museum Society, 1986), pages 69 and 104, descriptions of the building

Remarks: Named for Charles M. Light, pioneer president of the school; originally an auditorium and library.

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