Address: Hotel, 106 E Mills Ave, El Paso
Date: Exactly 1930
Historic Uses: Hotel
Stylistic Influences: Art Deco
National Register of Historic Places: Individually Eligible, Contributing to a District
Previous Designations: National Register Listed (Indiv.),Local District
Other Historic Designations: 2080004110
El Paso Hilton Hotel
Built for Conrad Hilton as the El Paso Hilton Hotel, the present Plaza Hotel is significant as one of El Paso's early high-rise structures from the office of Trost & Trost. The style is Art Deco, and the exterior remains largely unaltered from its original form. The El Paso Hilton was the eighth hotel opened by Hilton.
Located at Mills and Oregon streets, the hotel is composed of a two-story trapezoidal plan block attached to a rectangular fifteen-story hotel tower topped by a smaller three-story central block. Contruction is of brick and concrete. Decoration on the first two floor facades consists of simplified pilasters, stylized geometric Art Deco spandrels, and polychromatic roundels. A simple cornice crowns the two-story portion. Contrast is achieved with the use of red brick for the tower, and light cast concrete embellishment of fluted vertical and horizontal bands. An increased use of ornament is found on the uppermost three-story portion, with concrete stylized geometric spandrels and banding. The tower is roofed with green terra cotta tile. Alterations to the exterior are minimal, and primarily on the street level.
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