City Steam Bakery

This wonderful Mission Revival building, designed by Trost & Trost in 1907 at 711 Kansas, stands today. Consensus of architectural historians pinpoints Gustavus Trost as lead architect, but I have been unable to find documentation.

City Steam Bakery, which was founded in June of 1886 by "Smith and Crawford" as City Bakery, was sold to George Blish and then, in 1902, again sold to Charlles Gerlach who renamed the business City Steam. In 1907 he commissioned Trost & Trost to erect this gorgeous bakery in addition to a Salesroom that was located on Mesa St. The Salesroom building, which became a long-time F.W. Woolworth location located between Mills and Texas, was demolished in 2013 along with its neighbor the Muir Building to make room for a lovely and much-needed vacant lot.

The 711 Kansas Bakery is largely vacant, partially utilized as a warehouse.

Text and research provided to by Mark Stone. This historical narrative is from newspaper articles accessed through the Library of Congress' Chronicling America project at and the University of North Texas (Denton) Digital Archives at

A token from City Steam good for one five cent loaf of bread! Image credit: Tokencatalog dot com

An ad from January 10, 1903's El Paso Daily Times. Credit: Portal to Texas History

This is from page 168 of the 1907 El Paso Directory. Credit: Portal to Texas History

From the March 1, 1900 El Paso Daily Herald. Credit: Portal to Texas History

April 10, 1903 El Paso Daily Times. Credit: Portal to Texas History

The building as it appears today. It really is a nice looking structure, despite the peeling paint and the weeds.
Picture taken by myself on 8/15/2018
A close-up of the front wall. It is definitely in need of a paint job! Picture taken by myself 8/15/2018

The Northeast corner of the property. Picture taken by myself 8/15/2018

Facing Southwest across the intersection of Kansas and Father Rahm. Picture taken by myself 8/15/2018