One of the more unique buildings sitting off of San Jacinto Plaza is the Roberts-Banner building. I’ve checked it out a few times recently and used to frequent it for lunch in my runner/courier days, when it had a McDonalds.
It was built in 1910 and is one of the better surviving Trost buildings downtown, though it’s mostly vacant now. There had been a banner advertising its remodel but it’s either been removed or blown off. El Paso Development news reports the city’s interested in it, but no firm details.
The owners have the all the doors open, either in a bid to air it out or because the locks don’t work. It adds to the already surreal, frozen in time vibe, the interior has. There is one office that still houses a business, G J Jewelry:
The small space is packed and looks to have all the necessities for the trade. I’ve only been here on the weekends and haven’t seen anybody inside. The Christmas decorations sort of imply some level of inactivity, but you never know:
All of the office spaces are small one or two room affairs still sporting radiators for heat. You get the sense that this building was probably quite active in its past, housing all manner of solo practitioners, lawyers, doctors etc.
The Roberts-Banner is in a good spot overlooking the rebirth of our downtown. Lets hope the building gets its share of TLC too. Full set of pics here on flickr: Roberts-Banner Building