Located at 215 N. Mesa in downtown El Paso, the four-story, U-shaped Roberts Banner Building has for decades housed a mix of upper floor office space and ground floor retail.
Now, the more than century-old structure is on the verge of being re-purposed and transformed into an upscale boutique hotel.
Grupo CC, a hotel development company based in Chihuahua City, Chihuahua, has announced plans to tap into El Paso’s robust downtown hospitality business with a project that will feature 64 upscale rooms.
Plans also call for the building of several restaurants, as well as a rooftop bar and meeting space.
It is thought that the renovation and upgrading project could cost at least $10 million to complete.
Like many of the most significant historic structures in downtown El Paso, the Roberts Banner building was designed by legendary southwest architect Henry Trost.
Built in the Romanesque style, the building was completed in 1910 and named in honor of local business leaders Martin Roberts and William Banner.
In its heyday between 1910 and the 1950s, the building was a thriving home to any number of physicians, lawyers, realtors, engineers, and oil company executives.
If all goes as planned, work on the historic property could begin later this year.
By Garry Boulard
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