Henry C. Trost of Trost&Trost was an architect in El Paso, Texas from 1903-1933 who studied at the Chicago School of Architecture especially the work of Louis Sullivan. The firm designed hundreds of buildings in the Southwest area. One such building located in downtown El Paso is going to be demolished very soon and we have reached out to the owners in hopes to keep some of the ornamental pieces and turn them into art pieces as a form of up-cycling them for the sake of preservation. They have already asked the demolition company if it is at all possible to keep the pieces intact. We have yet to receive an answer so I thought I would start a funding campaign in advance in case we needed to fund such efforts.
I am but just one person of many that loves the architecture that Trost contributed to our city and I am hoping to collaborate with other well-known artists and other architecture aficionados. The goal to preserve some of our downtown structures has struck a chord with many in our city and instead of just letting them destroy the entire building I am hoping to capture the best of the building facade and turn it into a grand body of work to be displayed at some of our best galleries!
What We Need & What You Get
We need money because money makes it happen. I don't expect the demolition company to just take extra precaution in the demolition without some form of compensation. I would like to offer them a form of financial incentive to keep those pieces from being obliterated.
So what do you get? A warm fuzzy feeling, less trash at the dump, Green Art, historical preservation and a lighter wallet!
We also want local artists who are interested in collaboratin to leave a comment, we will contact you.
Our city has been under a barrage of change that has caused quite a stir. Specifically finding out that they will be tearing down our own city hall to build a baseball stadium. Less than a month later we are now told that the owners of the Trost building have been granted permission to tear down this beautiful building. While change may be good, it’s been drastic and with the help of an art campaign I feel that people will value the attempt at preservation.
We could just read the paper, take the news at face value, throw up our arms and feel as if we don't have any control. Or we could take some of this soon to be demolished building, preserve it, transform it, display it at eye level and cherish the nostalgia.
Other Ways You Can Help
Some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help:
How can you help if you can't contribute? Share the campaign, send Facebook Status updates, send by email, tweet about it, and get it out to as many people that you know!