Hotel Paso del Norte
Hotel Paso del Norte
Hotel Paso del Norte, circa 1970s
115 El Paso St.|
El Paso, Texas
|Area||less than one acre|
|Built by||J.E. Lewis|
|Architect||Trost & Trost|
|Architectural style||Chicago, Beaux Arts|
|MPS||Commercial Structures of El Paso by Henry C. Trost TR|
|NRHP reference #||79002933 |
|Added to NRHP||January 5, 1979|
Hotel Paso del Norte is a historic, luxury, 357 room and 4 1/2 star hotel, located in El Paso, Texas, less than one mile north of the international border with Mexico. The hotel was originally designed by Trost & Trost and opened in 1912. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 5, 1979 and is currently undergoing a major renovation led by real estate developer Meyers Group, slated to be complete and reopen February, 2019.
A wealthy El Paso businessman, Zack T. White, financed initial construction of the hotel. After witnessing a fire destroy another hotel in El Paso, White and architect Henry Charles Trost traveled to San Francisco, California to try to understand how some buildings there survived the earthquake and fire in 1906. The hotel cost $1.5 million to build in order to make it one of the sturdiest structures in El Paso and the most ornate. The large hotel lobby features a stained glass dome over forty-five feet in diameter designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
During the 1914 Mexican Revolution, it was popular to watch firefights between the revolutionaries and the Mexican Army from the terraces on the roof of the hotel. Some of the most notable people who have stayed at the hotel over its 118-year history include US Presidents G.H.W.Bush, G.W.Bush, L. Johnson, Nixon, Taft, Hoover, and F.D.Roosevelt. Other notables include GloriaSwanson, General John J. "Black Jack" Pershing, Pancho Villa, Will Rogers, Enrico Caruso, Amelia Earhart, Gov. John Connolly, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Gregory Peck, Harrison Ford, Gen. Colin Powell, Charles Lindbergh, Clark Gable, John Wayne, Jack Dempsey, The Rolling Stones, The Dallas Cowboys, The Golden State Warriors, George Strait, Kenny Rogers, Gloria Estefan and a host of many other well known actors, musicians, celebrities and government officials.
The hotel was sold several times over the period 1971-2016. A 17-story addition was constructed in 1986 on the north side of the hotel. The Mexican hotel group Camino Real Hotels, under whose brand it had operated for the past 30 years, sold the hotel to the Meyers Group in October 2016.
Meyers Group is currently renovating the historically renamed Hotel Paso Del Norte with local development partner Two Sabes LLC. The world-renowned firm Kobi Karp Architecture is designing the restoration of the historic hotel, which will undergo major complete renovations to all 357 hotel rooms and suites as well as all public facilities and spaces including the second-floor grand ballroom, and conference rooms. The El Paso architectural firm in’situ Architecture, led by William C. Helm, is the local collaborating team for the project.
A distinctive leader in multi-family, hospitality and mixed-use real estate developments, Meyers Group is responsible for helping revitalize Downtown El Paso through the restoration of this iconic Hotel Paso Del Norte, a critical project and Convention Center component to the restoration and growth of the entire city.
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Hotel Paso del Norte, Photo: “Tiffany Stained Glass Dome”
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