Downtown El Paso is a treasure trove of Trost buildings from the early part of last century. Among the buildings built by Trost throughout the El Paso area are these gems:

Caples building, built 1909
Abdou building, built 1910
Anson Mills building, built 1911
Hotel Paso del Norte, built 1912
Popular Department Store building, built 1912
White House Department Store building, built 1912
O. T. Bassett Tower, built 1930

The good news is we have these buildings at which to marvel. The bad news is some are extremely endangered and unless something is done about restoring them, they could be lost forever. That's where Theresa Rawicki, a local graphic designer comes in.

Theresa was born in New Orleans, a city with its own amazing architecture, and came to El Paso with her husband a few years ago. Her design firm, Rococo Loco has made prints for sale of some of the fabulous El Paso historical buildings. She said she decided to do the prints because "Few outside of El Paso know of the city’s rich and diverse cultural history which is reflected in its stunning architectural masterpieces created by some of the Southwest’s most renowned architects."

The prints are available for $25 either on the Rococo Loco website, or at Kopi Coffee at 205 Cincinnati on the westside. Five percent of each print sold will go to the Texas Trost Society. The money will be used to continue raise awareness about the architectural treasures we have in our own downtown.