The cubist Owls Club Building in Tucson, Arizona was designed by the firm of Trost & Rust in a stunning Spanish Colonial Revival style, with Art Nouveau and Prairie School elements. Erected in 1902, the building stands today in excellent condition – due primarily to an extensive restoration performed by Robert Boucher in 1985. It is thought that Trost’s design is based on Tucson’s “White Dove of the Desert”, the 1738 Mission San Xavier del Bac, a staggeringly beautiful Spanish Colonial mission.
The Owls Club is the first documented collaboration between Henry Trost and artist/sculptor Herr Zierold, which continued until at least 1926 in El Paso. Hierold contributed heavily to Trost’s Hotel Paso del Norte and Cortez buildings, among other structures.
For more information on the Owls Club, please see https://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/AZ-01-019-0032-03 and https://www.facebook.com/TrostSociety/posts/2219430338175020. For the Trost Society’s narrative about the collaboration between Henry Trost and Herr Zierold, please see https://www.facebook.com/TrostSociety/posts/2130494457068609
Photographs taken by Mark Stone 10/22/2020
— Mark Stone
Construction Date: Jan 1, 1902
Address: 378 North Main Avenue, Tucson, AZ, USA