Adolph Schwartz Residence - Trost Society

Adolph Schwartz Residence

Photo Courtesy of the El Paso Public Library

The Adolph Schwartz Residence was completed in 1917 and designed by Trost & Trost. The architectural design is fascinating and attractive: an eclectic mix of Spanish Revival with Mission accents, and Prairie School. Designed for what Henry C. Trost described as Arid America, the building has a hipped roof, very large overhanging eaves, and a the huge enclosed front porch that we expect from the Prairie School. These details were specifically added to cool the home in the hot desert southwest. The roof drives the design towards Spanish with very tastefully applied overhanging Spanish Tiles along with the arched second floor entryway. The Mission flavor is supplied by the interesting colorful tile work on the originally grey masonry around the second story.

Schwartz was the owner of the Popular Dry Goods Company at the time this mansion was built.

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Gallery photographs taken by Mark Stone

— Mark Stone

Additional Details

Other Names: Zork house; El Paso Child Guidance Center
Type: Domestic
Construction Date: Jan 1, 1916
Address: 1501 North Mesa Street at Cliff Drive, El Paso, El Paso County, Texas
Condition: Restored