Monday, March 20, 2006

La Feria del Carnaval, 500 South Mesa & Third


Original El Paso trolley, now the home of La Feria del Carnaval, a souvenir shop located at 500 South Mesa & Third. Photo taken March 20, 2006.

Joey Store, 200 East San Antonio Avenue


Wild mannequin at Joey Store, 200 East San Antonio Avenue. Photo taken March 20, 2006.

Chico's Lounge, 209 East San Antonio Avenue


Great signage at Chico's Lounge, 209 East San Antonio Avenue. Photo taken March 20, 2006.

Ceramic animals at La Familia, 305 South Stanton Street


Ceramic roosters, parrots and frogs for sale at La Familia, 305 South Stanton Street. Photo taken March 20, 2006.

Caples Building, 300 East San Antonio Avenue


Detail of the Caples Building, 300 East San Antonio Avenue.
The building was named for Richard Caples, El Paso mayor from 1889 to 1893. It was El Paso's first concrete-framed building, and during the Mexican Revolution of the 1910s, it housed offices of several notable revolutionary leaders. Photo taken March 20, 2006.

O.T. Bassett Tower, 303 Texas Avenue


Detail of O.T. Bassett Tower, 303 Texas Avenue. The 15-story building was designed by famed architect Henry C. Trost and was completed in 1930. Note the Art Deco details on the elaborate entranceway fa├žade. Photo taken March 20, 2006.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Kress Building, 100 Mills Avenue


Detail of the top of the Kress Building, 100 Mills Avenue. Photo taken February 2, 2006.

Plaza Motor Hotel, corner of Oregon and Mills


The amazing Plaza Motor Hotel was designed by Trost & Trost and is in the National Register of Historical Places. Photo taken February 2, 2006.

Cristy Bridal, 303 East Overland Avenue


Amazing mannequins at Cristy Bridal, 303 East Overland Avenue. Photo taken February 2, 2006.

Gateway Hotel, 104 South Stanton Street


The Gateway Hotel, 104 South Stanton Street, was used for a scene in the film Glory Road. Photo taken February 2, 2006.

Perfumeria Rachelle, 106 East San Antonio Ave


Great use of type on the awning of Perfumeria Rachelle, 106 East San Antonio. Photo taken February 2, 2006.

Italian Kitchen, 2923 Pershing


Vintage neon signs are disappearing all over our city. Here's the fantastic one for the great Italian Kitchen restaurant, 2923 Pershing. Photo taken February 20, 2006.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Boxing gym, Las Cruces, New Mexico




I saw this gym in Spring, 2005 — well before I even thought of doing a street photography blog. I think these paintings are fantastic. I believe the location of the gym was on Espina Street.

Texas Rasquache Festival, Texas Avenue, October 29, 2005






My daughter and her calavera Dad. Also, mojigangas (skeleton dancers) parading down Texas Avenue. Info about the festival: Rasquache link

National Bakery, 520 South Stanton Street



My wedding cake came from this old downtown bakery back in 1994. These photographs are from September, 2005.

Starting up soon

I've wandered the streets of El Paso, Texas for well more than two decades. When my office moved to the Wells Fargo building on Kansas Street in December, 2005, I realized it was an excellent chance to take advantage of photographing the streets of the city.

One of the most interesting things about our downtown is the signage. Much of what you'll see is the disappearing art form of painted lettering and representations of everything from food to hairstyles.

Religious bookstores, cheap housewares and electronics, sunglasses and bootleg T-shirts. It's all in downtown El Chuco. And I love it all.

I'll start posting pix soon. Thanks for dropping by!