This week the INSIDER decided to take you literally “inside” Downtown El Paso (DTEP) buildings. Typically the exterior of buildings are the star of the show and the downtown skyline is usually the focus of many an instagram account but what hidden treasures lie inside these urban monoliths?
Using a criteria system that zeroes in on the ADC’s (Architecture, Design, and Character) of a space, we were able to whittle our search down to 17 phenomenal spaces you might not have known about. Some are very well known but we encourage you to visit DTEP yourself to explore and take your own photos. Just make sure you hashtag #DTEP so everyone can find them!
GHOSTS 915 108 E. San Antonio Ave. (Formerly the Wigwam Saloon)
SACRED HEART CHURCH 602 S. Oregon
DAVE’S PAWN SHOP 216 S. El Paso St.
PROM DRESS SHOP 114 E. San Antonio (Formerly Rio Grande Dept. Store and the Historic State National Bank)
The HOUSE OF PIZZA DOWNTOWN 208 N. Stanton
The SWEET CORNER 218 E. Mills Ave.
U.S. POST OFFICE 219 E. Mills Ave.
UNITED BANK of El Paso Del Norte 401 E. Main
The GARDNER HOTEL 311 E. Franklin Ave.
UNION DEPOT 700 W. San Francisco Ave. (Texas Tech College of Architecture)
VISITORS CENTER 400 W. SAN ANTONIO AVE. in Union Plaza
CENTRE BUILDING (designed by Henry Trost) 123 W. Mills in the Las Plazas Art District
The CORTEZ BUILDING 310 N. MESA
360 COCINA URBANA 504 W. San Antonio Ave.
The DOME BAR 101 S. El Paso St.
The PLAZA THEATRE in the Las Plaza Art District of Downtown El Paso
Catch a film at the Plaza Classic Film Festival this month!
SOUTHWEST UNIVERSITY PARK
INDIGO HOTEL in Downtown El Paso
We know the upcoming Indigo hotel isn’t completed yet, but we were so impressed with the interior design we decided to leak a couple of design elements found in the unique to El Paso rooms!
The choices all reflected either stunning architecture preserved over time or amazing design that created a space so memorable we had to include them. In some cases the character of the space was enough to leave a lasting impression! Dave’s Pawn Shop is an El Paso favorite and the House of Pizza Downtown as well as the Sweet Corner really capture that urban essence you won’t find elsewhere in town. The Gardner Hotel stands out because of the rich history it exudes in it’s humble halls. Folks like the infamous John Dillinger actually hung their hat there at one time!
Let us know if you agree or disagree with our choices and tell us what you would have liked to have seen! We might create another list since there is entirely too much rich history, beauty and character in our Downtown.