Here is a wonderfully designed mini-Colonial home located at 901 Cincinnati in Kern Place. It was built in 1915, and completed early January 1916, for El Paso Judge Clifford Galloway.
The architect of record is identified in the June 13, 1915 El Paso Morning Times as H.A. Welch. This is an individual we have never heard of or documented before as an architect, and are unable to find any record of when utilizing our usual research sources (UNT, LoC, newspapers dot com, etc.). There's two possibilities afoot: first, that this architect is associated with Malcolm Welch and his wife Mabel: however, according to Mabel Welch commentary in the El Paso Chamber of Commerce Women's Department booklet "El Paso Architecture", they did not arrive in El Paso until 1916.
The second possibility is that H.A. Welch was one of the house architects for the Mayfield Building and Improvement Company, who are the contractors for the Galloway home. Mayfield designed and built probably hundreds of smaller El Paso residences both as the architectural firm and the builders, a very similar setup to Perry & Kirkpatrick - design, build, sell, design, build, sell, boom boom boom, neighborhoods appear.
Whatever the case, the design of this Mini-Colonial makes us want to get to know architect H.A. Welch better, which we will be attempting to do. This is a nice design and was not drawn by an amateur.
The home itself is relatively small, yet full of grandeur in its design. The front entryway includes magnificent Corinthian pillars under a stately pediment, belying the home's small size. Another pediment graces its west side, visible from Cincinnati street. A two-story brick on a cut-rock foundation, we want to call this a Craftsman Foursquare dressed up in a Colonial tuxedo.
Construction on this home started in mid-April 1915, a very short time after Cincinnati Street was named and paved. One of the modern features of the home was a built-in Vacuum system. The 2,532 square foot residence was completed during the first week of January, 1916, and the Galloway family moved in on the sixth.
Today the home is in excellent condition.
Text, research and modern photography provided to sketchclub.net by Mark Stone, citing above referenced sources in addition to newspaper articles and El Paso City Directory entries accessed at the UNT Digital Archives at https://texashistory.unt.edu/