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Plaza Hotel (El Paso, Texas)

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The Plaza Hotel,[2] formerly the Hilton Hotel, is a landmark skyscraper located at 106 Mills Avenue in El Paso, Texas, USA.

Plaza Hotel
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Plaza Hotel
Plaza Hotel is located in Texas
Plaza Hotel
Plaza Hotel
Plaza Hotel is located in the United States
Plaza Hotel
Plaza Hotel
Location106 Mills Ave.,
El Paso, Texas
Coordinates31°45′30″N 106°29′17″W / 31.75833°N 106.48806°W / 31.75833; -106.48806Coordinates: 31°45′30″N 106°29′17″W / 31.75833°N 106.48806°W / 31.75833; -106.48806
Arealess than one acre
Built1930 (1930)
ArchitectTrost & Trost
Architectural styleArt Deco
MPSCommercial Structures of El Paso by Henry C. Trost TR
NRHP reference #80004110[1]
Added to NRHPSeptember 24, 1980


Sheldon Hotel siteEdit

The hotel was constructed on the site of the Sheldon Hotel, which burned in 1929. The Sheldon served as the unofficial headquarters for many of the participants in the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920s) from both sides of the border.


In fall 1929, Conrad Hilton began construction. Nineteen days later the stock market crashed and the Great Depression began, yet construction continued. On November 30, 1930, Hilton's highrise hotel was opened. At 239 feet (73 m) it surpassed the O. T. Bassett Tower to become the tallest building in El Paso; it is still the city's fourth tallest building. Designed by Trost & Trost, the Plaza is an Art Deco styled 19-story reinforced cast-in-place concrete structure with setbacks at the 16th and 17th floors. It is faced with brown brick and concrete and crowned with a Ludowici clay tile pyramidal roof. The exterior remains largely unaltered from its original form. Elizabeth Taylor briefly lived in the penthouse of the hotel after she married Conrad’s son, Nicky Hilton.

Plaza HotelEdit

The hotel was sold in 1963 at which time the name changed to the Plaza Hotel. In 2008, the owner Paul L. Foster announced that the Plaza Hotel would undergo extensive renovations.

Historical markersEdit

Historical markers located on the Plaza Hotel include the First Kindergarten in Texas and The Woman’s Club of El Paso. Historical markers located in the vicinity of the hotel include Chinatown and the Anson Mills Building. Both markers are located across Mills Avenue at El Paso Street.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
  2. ^ Emporis

External linksEdit

  Media related to Plaza Hotel at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Bassett Tower
Tallest Building in El Paso
Succeeded by
Chase Tower (El Paso)