Mary S. Hills Block - Trost Society

Mary S. Hills Block

Hotel Paso Del Norte

Mary S. Hills Block

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

Photograph taken by Mark Stone 2019

— Mark Stone

Additional Details

Other Names: W.S. Hills Building
Type: Commercial
Construction Date: Dec 1, 1926
Address: 215-219 East San Antonio Avenue, El Paso, TX
Condition: Restored