Downtown El Paso is a treasure trove of Trost-designed buildings, and some of those architectural gems are getting spruced up courtesy of the Texas Trost Society.

The Society will be putting in exhibits in the display windows of the 1930s-era Plaza Hotel, the 1937 Kress Building, and the 1910 Roberts-Banner Building. The public is invited to the ribbon-cutting ceremony this Saturday, October 1, at 10:00 a.m. in Pioneer Plaza. The exhibits were funded by a number of corporate sponsors, including Mills Plaza Properties, Humanities Texas, the Hunt Famliy Foundation, MCAD, DMD, Kemp Smith, Western Refining, Martin Lofts, the Electric Company, In Situ Architecture, and several others.

Trost Society officials say they hope the "exhibition will educate El Pasoans of our historic building’s irreplaceable value and why they deserve to be saved for their beauty, what they contribute to the region’s history, and their economic potential.”

Six Guns and Shady Ladies will be a part of the festivites and will perform between 11:00 a.m. and noon. Free tours of downtown architecture will be available in both English and Spanish, and coloring books and activities will be on hand for families.

I am really looking forward to this event. I love our downtown buildings, and getting to see them dolled up will be a real treat!

WHAT: Ribbon cutting ceremony for art exhibits in downtown Trost buildings
WHEN: Saturday, October 1, 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Pioneer Plaza, in the center of the Downtown Museum of Art, the Camino Real Hotel, and the Plaza Theater
COST: FREE