Historic Kern Place, El Paso — Part 2


Hacienda Style

Hacienda Style

On Monday we began our tour of El Paso’s historic Kern Place residences.  Today we move up the economic ladder to the most exclusive area of Kern — Rim Road.  Homes here range from “modest” (in a ridiculously expensive sense):

From the Smaller . . .

From the Smaller . . .

To extravagant (in any sense):

. . . to the Larger

. . . to the Larger

The views from the upper portion of Rim Road make this area one of the most desirable not only in Kern Place, but in all of El Paso:

Rim Road View of Downtown El Paso

Rim Road View of Downtown El Paso

There’s a saying that, “A Man’s Home is His Castle,” and on Rim Road you don’t even have to travel to Europe to find a Norman Castle with extraordinary views:

The Norman Castle

The Norman Castle

One such view is of an architectural gem from famous El Paso architect Henry C. Trost.  That gem is, of course, El Paso High School completed by the firm of Trost & Trost in 1916.

El Paso HIgh School viewed from Rim Road

El Paso HIgh School viewed from Rim Road

I could probably fill a good-sized coffee table picture book with the wonders of Henry C. Trost.  Some of his more renowned projects include the O.T. Bassett Tower and the world’s first Hilton Hotel.  But we’ll save Mr. Trost for a future blog or two, I think.  Today we’re concentrating on the residences of Rim Road and the extraordinary views.  Click on any image below to bring up the slideshow:

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3 responses to “Historic Kern Place, El Paso — Part 2

  1. Pingback: Historic Sunset Heights, El Paso — Part 2 | R. Doug Wicker — Author

  2. P Tait

    Winfield and Margaret Ritter built the Spanish style one labeled “the larger” in 1930 and my father and his brothers went to El Paso High School.My father was the class photographer for his senior year.A beautiful building…

    • Thanks for dropping by and leaving us with a bit of history on one of the prettier properties in Kern. I do agree on your assessment of El Paso High’s esthetics. I really need to go out there and get permission to photograph it more extensively. That would make a great blog.