1916 Rio Grande Auto Painting Co.

Here is a ghost of an old Trost & Trost designed building on Texas Avenue, a few blocks east of downtown. Erected in 1916 for El Paso/Tucson hoteliers Alzina and Charles DeGroff, the Rio Grande Auto Painting Building is an humble single-story utilitarian structure, not meant to dazzle the eyes. And it doesn't. 

The building was erected at a cost of $7,000 by contractor Hewitt & Son and is the current home of A&A Wholesale Carpets. While lost in the long line of broken buildings on Texas Ave, it does fit nicely into the fabric of Architectural history in El Chuco. 
Photograph taken 2018 by Mark Stone

Photograph is a clipping from the 1918 El Paso City Directory via the UNT Digital Archives