Address: Hotel, 310 N Texas Ave, El Paso
Date: Exactly 1928
Historic Uses: Hotel
Stylistic Influences: Beaux Arts Classicism
National Register of Historic Places: Individually Eligible, Contributing to a District
Previous Designations: National Register Listed (Indiv.), Local District
Designed by noted architect Henry C. Trost in 1926, Hotel Cortez is an elaborate representation of the Spanish Colonial Revival style with strong Renaissance overtones. The assortment of decorative elements skillfully applied to the tripartite format of the brick structure attests to the artistic genius of Trost. Although the ground floor is masked behind a cover of modern materials and signage, the second floor bespeaks the original opulence of the base. In keeping with the Spanish influence are three-dimensional busts of helmeted conquistadores and Spanish court coats of arms.
Occupying the site which has served the city continuously as a source of hostelry, the Hotel Cortez, which faces San Jacinto Plaza, contributes significantly to the architectural makeup of the inner-city.
It is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark (RTHL #12881) and is on the National Register of Historic Places (NR #80004105)
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