The 1926 Mary S. Hills Block is a Trost & Trost designed Second Renaissance Revival two-story structure, a trapezoidal building sandwiched in the triangle of buildings between San Antonio and Texas, west of Mesa in El Paso. Mary Hills hired A.P. Coles to build the structure to honor her late husband, William S. Hills, an attorney and real estate dealer, one of El Paso’s early pioneers. Coles, in turn, hired the firm of Trost & Trost. It is said that when Mary saw the building after it was completed, she looked at Texas Street in front of the structure in tears, stating “That used to be my back yard”.
The building is commonly referred to as the W.S. Hills Building, however it was Mary Hills’ wish that it be named for her.
To read its fascinating history, please see https://www.facebook.com/TrostSociety/posts/3808347122616659
Photograph taken by Mark Stone 2019
— Mark Stone
Construction Date: Dec 1, 1926
Address: 215-219 East San Antonio Avenue, El Paso, TX