The Toltec Building is a historic structure in downtown El Paso built in 1910. Its original purpose was to be the home of a men's organization called the Toltec Club, was founded in 1908. Members of the club were prominent business, civic and political leaders at the time. British-born architect John J. Huddart designed the building in a combination of the Beaux-Arts, Renaissance, and Sullivanesque (named after American architect Louis Henry Sullivan) styles. As such, the Toltec Building is one of the more unique landmarks in El Paso. Notable features include arched windows, geometric terra cotta decoration, and balconies in front of the second-floor windows. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, it has been used for office and commercial space since the club closed in 1930.
Backstory and Context
The Toltec Club was an exclusive organization; not only was it men-only but expensive to join as well. Members had to pay a $100 initiation fee and a $50 yearly fee (these were high costs in the early 20th century). Members included many of the city's top leaders at the time including lawyer and founding member W.B. Burgess, architect Henry C. Trost, and businessman and co-founder of the State National Bank Joseph Magoffin. The building hosted many notable individuals during its heyday including President Theodore Roosevelt, Mexican President Francisco Madero, and General John J. Pershing.
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