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Texas Trost Society Presents from Boomtown to Metropolis: The Architecture of Downtown El Paso

The Texas Trost Society announced Monday the opening of a new, free exhibition in Downtown El Paso.

The Texas Trost Society will host “From Boomtown to Metropolis: The Architecture of Downtown El Paso,” a bilingual exhibition that explores the diverse architectural styles of downtown El Paso by analyzing 21 unique buildings and 8 architectural drawings, and comparing several of the buildings to iconic historical prototypes in other American cities and in Europe.

According to their release, the Texas Trost Society seeks to “educate the public about the significance and beauty of our architectural patrimony and to encourage preservation efforts in our community.”

Organizers will be hosting a ribbon cutting on December 2nd at 11:00 AM on the Corner of Oregon and Mills, with free tours and giveaways through 2:00 PM.





Texas Trost Society Searching for Artists for Special Neon Desert Art Project

The Texas Trost Society has worked for the past four years to educate our community about the historic, cultural, and economic value of the many buildings designed by the Trost & Trost architectural firm in the early part of the 20th century.

As part of this year’s May Preservation Month, the Trost Society has created an interactive, artistic installation that will take place during Neon Desert Music Festival, a weekend that will reach over 40,000 El Pasoans.

Officials with the project say the installation has two purposes,  “to engage as many people of all ages to interact with the physical characteristics of our built environment, and to promote the Texas Trost Society and our sponsors to a young audience demographic.”

While many sponsors participate in Neon Desert Music Festival each year, the Texas Trost Society envisions a unique sponsor experience that harmonizes with the musical and artistic nature of the festival, and one that capitalizes on the festival’s location in the heart of downtown.

The Texas Trost Society will light up the Martin Building with images of iconic downtown buildings – including images of the Blue Flame Building – illustrated and colorized by local artists, as well as display different artistic renderings of our local history and historic architecture.

Come nightfall, concert-goers will have the opportunity to see the images projected 100 feet high, as well as watch live feeds of people participating in activities at our booth.

The Trost Society’s pop-up installation will include a space for participants to color images of the coloring book and see their images on the projection, and we will have the opportunity to give your employees a special tour of the installation and festival should they choose to join us. We believe the engagement experience for this particular installation will have lasting impact on participants, as they will have many points of impact throughout the duration of the festival.

Social media impressions and additional press coverage during the festival will increase the number of views of the installation and our sponsors beyond those present during Neon Desert.

For artists who have artwork featuring Trost & Trost Buildings and would like to be featured, please send an email to with a high-res image of your work, your name, the title of the piece, and your preferred social media handle.

For those with no Trost artwork, officials are also asking artists to color pages of our Trost in the Borderlands coloring book. Click the following link (YouTubeWatch) to watch the example and email organizers at the address above to participate.

Video: The Architecture of Trost | Only in El Paso by KCOS

Take a tour around El Paso and observe its architectural masterpieces with the beauty of Henry Trost.

Henry C. Trost was one of the most iconic architects of the American Southwest, and was the best-known architect based in El Paso in the early part of the twentieth century.

Directed by Tony Dueñez and produced by The Jam Handy Organization

The Web Series
Only In El Paso, launched in the summer of 2014 with 10 digital videos sharing stories of people and places you can experience only in El Paso.
Each episode tells a unique and positive story about someone or something that can be experienced Only In El Paso.
Local filmmakers and topics are selected through a competitive process. Now in it’s third season, KCOS is excited to share even more stories of local history, culture, arts, and personalities of our region.
Season Three
* The Architecture of Trost
* El Paso’s Star
* Mud People: The Tigua Tribe from the  Pueblo of Ysleta del Sur
* What El Paso Means to Me
* Handmade Boots
* Cleofas Calleros
* Korea in El Paso
* Jennifer Han
* Fort Bliss History
* Matachines de San Lorenzo

To view the other shows in the series, click HERE.

Texas Trost Society to Host Tax Credit Session on Downtown Historic Buildings

Property owners, investors and community members are invited to an informational session regarding tax credits and the restoration of buildings in Downtown El Paso.

The session is set for Wednesday, in the ground-level Foundation Room, of the El Paso Community Foundation (333 N. Oregon Street) right next to San Jacinto Plaza from 5:30-6:30pm.

Adam Markwood, of Brian Wishneff & Associates, will review the mechanics of qualifying for, monetizing, and maximizing the economic benefits of federal and state historic tax incentives.

Markwood will outline the application process, necessary legal and financial structuring, and current trends across the state.  Admission to the event is free admission and light refreshments will be provided.

According to officials, federal and state tax credits can pay for up to 45% of the costs of renovating historic buildings in downtown El Paso.

TTS officials say. “Once the County architectural survey and National Register nomination processes are completed (by early 2018), these tax credits will be available for restoring somwhere between 500 and 1,000 buildings throughout downtown, Segundo Barrio, and Chihuahuita.”

They add, “This is an unprecedented business opportunity and has been transformative in downtowns throughout Texas.”

For more information, please contact Malissa Arras of the Texas Trost Society at

Trost Society host ‘Toast to Trost’ this Saturday

Dr. Max Grossman, Architectural Historian, will be leading a tour in the guise of Henry C. Trost. Past meets present as we tour local bars thriving in the Downtown Historic District. Participants can learn about El Paso’s early architecture and history while enjoying conversations and cocktails inspired by our city’s rich heritage.

The tour is set for Saturday, October 17th and begins at Blackbird Cantina Deluxe at 5 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance, payable at or $50 cash at the start of the tour. Tickets include four signature drinks plus snacks.

Limited spots available, RSVP to Member discount available. Participants must be 21 and over.

The mission of the Texas Trost Society “is to advocate for the preservation of Trost & Trost buildings and to educate the public about the architectural legacy of Henry C. Trost.”

Author: Texas Trost Society


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