Plaza Hotel (El Paso, Texas)

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Plaza Hotel
Plaza Hotel El Paso.jpg
Plaza Hotel
Location El Paso, Texas
Coordinates 31°45′31″N 106°29′18″W / 31.75861°N 106.48833°W / 31.75861; -106.48833Coordinates: 31°45′31″N 106°29′18″W / 31.75861°N 106.48833°W / 31.75861; -106.48833
Built 1930
Architect Trost and Trost
Architectural style Art Deco
Governing body Mills Plaza Properties
MPS Commercial Structures of El Paso by Henry C. Trost TR
NRHP Reference # 80004110
Added to NRHP September 24, 1980

The Plaza Hotel,[1] formerly the Hilton Hotel, is a landmark skyscraper located at 106 Mills Avenue in El Paso, Texas, USA.

Sheldon Hotel site[edit]

The hotel was constructed on the site of the Sheldon Hotel, which burned in 1929. The Sheldon served as the unofficial headquarters for many of the participants in the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920s) from both sides of the border.

Hilton[edit]

In fall 1929, Conrad Hilton began construction. Nineteen days later the stock market crashed and the Great Depression began, yet construction continued. On November 30, 1930, Hilton's first highrise hotel was opened. At 239 feet (73 m) it surpassed the O. T. Bassett Tower to become the tallest building in El Paso; it is still the city's third tallest building. Designed by Trost & Trost, the Plaza is an Art Deco styled 19-story steel-framed building with setbacks at the 16th and 17th floors. It is faced with brown brick and concrete and crowned with a copper-sheathed pyramid. The exterior remains largely unaltered from its original form. Elizabeth Taylor briefly lived in the penthouse of the hotel after she married Conrad’s son, Nicky Hilton.

Plaza Hotel[edit]

The hotel was sold in 1963 at which time the name changed to the Plaza Hotel. In 2008, the owner Paul L. Foster announced that the Plaza Hotel would undergo extensive renovations, including the adjacent Mills Building, creating the Mills Plaza District.

Historical markers[edit]

Historical markers located on the Plaza Hotel include the First Kindergarten in Texas and The Woman’s Club of El Paso. Historical markers located in the vicinity of the hotel include Chinatown and the Anson Mills Building. Both markers are located across Mills Avenue at El Paso Street.

References[edit]

Preceded by
Bassett Tower
Tallest Building in El Paso
1930—1971
73m
Succeeded by
Chase Tower (El Paso)