Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Streets of El Paso

Our second and last day here found us walking the streets (oh, wait, that’s Laredo) of downtown El Paso as Sharon led us through a self-guided tour. But even before that we emerged into the arts plaza to find, to my delight, a line up of a half dozen vintage cars, ranging from the early 1940s to 1964.
This 1958 Impala was pristine

But for everyone, I think, this 1939 Chevrolet went beyond, to a veritable work of art

Throughout, note the elaborately engraved brightwork

The airbrushed images echoed the art inside the museum by both Enriquez and Jimenez, among others


And from there, we wandered through the downtown with a bit more information than yesterday. As it turns out, much of today’s downtown was designed by the architect Henry C. Trost. He apparently apprenticed with Adler and Sullivan in Chicago before coming west and the influence of the Chicago school is strong in many of his buildings show that influence, especially the Mills Building, the Plaza Hotel and especially the State National Bank.
Tour guide Sharon

A typical vernacular streetscape

This simply shows the diversity of the city's architecture, traditional, modern and contemporary

Hotel El Paso del Norte, by Trost. Preview ate my full-on image. Gotta stop being lazy and use PS

Another Trost building, the Popular Department Store

The Kress Building by Edward Sibbert, the company architect. This is said to be his favorite along with the 5th Avenue store in Manhattan

We also managed, through sheer will, to experience the city’s two most notable restaurants, Café Central, for a relatively light lunch and Anson 11 for a quite notable dinner.

Below a couple of random images:

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