• September 27, 2021
 El Paso Preservation Forum to Discuss Duranguito’s Restoration, Potential for Area

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El Paso Preservation Forum to Discuss Duranguito’s Restoration, Potential for Area

Preservationists have announced a public forum on restoring Duranguito, as well as a discussion on the potential for the entire area.

The forum will be held Saturday, December 15,  from 10am to 1230pm, in the El Paso Public Library’s Auditorium located at 501 North Oregon Street.

As part of the forum, J. P. Bryan will moderate a discussion on restoring Duranguito that will feature the executive directors of Preservation Texas, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, and Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation; the President of the Texas Historical Foundation; and the Senior Field Director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Preservationist and Architectural Historian Max Grossman, Ph.D. says the importance of the forum cannot be overstated.

“Never before has such a distinguished group of national and state-level historic preservation experts visited El Paso for such an extraordinary event…we wish to emphasize that the public is welcome to attend and we sincerely hope that City, County and State leaders and administrators will join us as well. This is an unprecedented opportunity to discuss the future of our the historic building stock in our downtown.”

In addition to Bryan’s discussion, State Sen. José Rodríguez will present a virtual reconstruction of Duranguito that was created by Victor Hugo Soto, Diana Ramos, Andres Armendariz and Ingrid Leyva in consultation with the neighborhood residents.

Five presenters will discuss Duranguito’s economic and cultural potential as well as the opportunity for developing heritage tourism in downtown El Paso.

The forum will wrap up with Mr. Bryan’s concluding remarks and then questions from the audience.

To view our in-depth coverage of the Downtown Arena Saga, click here.

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  • J.P. Bryan needs to take a HIKE! he is not even from El Paso, his world belongs in the Oligarch OIL BUSINESS INDUSTRY in Houston! If he really wanted to save the Durangito he would have a Multi Billion Dollar Plan for the entire area.And willing to FORK OUT SOME SERIOUS CASH! Instead he pick’s to be Max Grossman’s SUGAR DADDY!!! These are TOTAL IDIOTS! that don’t care about El Paso or it’s future generations as both are not even Native El Pasoans.
    With regards to El Paso’s past, if anyone wanted to do something to lift up that particular neighborhood, they should have started back in January 1, 1900. It’s been 112 years and no one has done nothing, and then in 2012 WE THE PEOPLE OF EL PASO, overwhelmly VOTED for the Quality of Life Bond Issues.
    And from out of NOWHERE, Max Grossman POPS UP! and starts his B.S. to incite anti downtown revitalization to include the voter approved downtown arena process.
    I DON”T AGREE WITH OUT OF TOWNERS telling us what we can and what we can not build in our own downtown. STOP DWELLING IN THE PAST! move elsewhere and STOP Trying to prevent PROGRESS.
    The Union Plaza is a DUMP! there’s nothing there,So let’s build the downtown arena where in belongs.
    AND BOYCOTT THIS WORTHLESS MEETING… being held by stooges….
    J.P.Bryan, GET LOST!

    • Ignorance is bliss, at least for some who lack the interest and sensitivity in preserving the structures that are both relics and storytellers of the unique history of El Paso. The old west and El Paso in particular have a history like no other in the world! That is a fact.
      Preserving and celebrating that history is an obligation that this generation must honor so future generations can experience and enjoy! That such scholars and luminaries feel compelled to come to El Paso and devote their time and knowledge to this forum only reinforces these facts.

    • You are very welcome to boycott, but most of us El Pasoans will be there in support of restoration of Duranguito cause we don’t want any arena there, period!!!

  • 15 December is a Saturday. Please publish a clarification of the date, time and location.

    • The article and the social media posts have been updated to reflect the correct information. A reminder will be sent out the day of the event.

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