Montgomery Building

Montgomery Building (HM15A5)

Location: El Paso, TX 79901 El Paso County
Country: United States of America

N 31° 45.425', W 106° 29.32'

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The Montgomery building is the last surviving false-front wood structure in the city of El Paso. It was built in 1881-1882 as El Paso underwent a great transformation from an adobe village to a thriving city following the arrival of the railroads. Named for its builder, William J. Montgomery (1837-1899), the Montgomery Building was typical of western frontier architecture of the late 19th century.

The simple box-shaped building is noted by a decorative wood cornice that can still be seen above the remodeled storefront. There was a wood sidewalk covered by a shed roof and a hitching post for horses. Originally, the building housed a drug store and bookstore. This address has been in continuous use since 1882, making it the oldest commercial structure in the city of El Paso.
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HM NumberHM15A5
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Placed ByEl Paso County Historical Commission
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Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 2:23pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13R E 359010 N 3514474
Decimal Degrees31.75708333, -106.48866667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 45.425', W 106° 29.32'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 45' 25.50" N, 106° 29' 19.20" W
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Area Code(s)915
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 222 S El Paso St, El Paso TX 79901, US
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