The Toltec Building, also known as the Toltec Club, was built in 1908 and is one of the most architecturally striking buildings in El Paso.
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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