This past November I reported that there is a plan to demolish the Trost-designed Haymon Krupp building, located at the northeast corner of Santa Fe and Overland, in order to build a five-story apartment complex.
Of the 39 Trost buildings that once graced our downtown, there are only 27 left, including the Haymon Krupp Building.
I am pleased to report that Preservation Texas, the foremost preservationist organization in our state, has just added the building to its Most Endangered Places List. In fact, it is featured in the organization’s news release (see attached).
Again, it is my hope that the Meyers Group, which did an outstanding job of restoring the Trost-designed Hotel Paso del Norte, will save the Haymon Krupp Building rather than raze it. It was not only designed by the greatest architectural firm in the history of West Texas, but it also an important piece of El Paso Jewish history.
The following are other sites in El Paso that have been added to the list since 2004:
Albert Fall Mansion
East El Paso Fire Station No. 5
El Paso & Southwestern RR and Freight Depot
El Segundo Barrio
Hart’s Mill/Old Fort Bliss
St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
Of course, the Fall Mansion and Fire Station No. 5 have been restored, and the El Paso & Southwestern RR and Freight Depot has been at least partially restored. El Segundo Barrio is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Register Historic District.
Feliz año nuevo!
Max Grossman, PhD
Board of Directors, Preservation Texas
Vice-Chair, The Trost Society
Co-Chair, Restore Sacred Heart Church