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Hotel El Camino Real Stained Glass - El Paso Texas

The Dome in this photo came from Tiffany’s in New York, this beautiful Tiffany glass dome originally adorned the lobby of the Paso del Norte Hotel in El Paso,...
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The Dome in this photo came from Tiffany’s in New York, this beautiful Tiffany glass dome originally adorned the lobby of the Paso del Norte Hotel in El Paso, Texas. It is made up of 17 pieces and is suspended by wires due to the tremendous weight which would otherwise collapse it from the center.

History of the Camino Real Hotel
(Formerly the El Paso del Norte Hotel)
The hotel’s builder, Zach T. White, was drawn to El Paso by its magical name “Pass of the North.” After witnessing the 1892 burning of the Grand Central Hotel, which stood on the site of the present day Mills Building, White dreamed of building an elegant, classic hotel that would be the center of social life and a gathering place for tourists. He hired the local architectural firm of Trost and Trost and together they studied the structures in San Francisco which withstood the Great Earthquake of 1906. They designed a brick, steel, and terra cotta building, with interior walls made of gypsum from nearby White Sands National Monument, that was not only structurally sound but also was fireproof.
The hotel was built at a cost of $1.5 million. White referred to it as his “dream hotel.” The Hotel Paso del Norte, so named by White, opened Thanksgiving Day 1912 with a lavish ball. It was hailed as the “Showplace of the West.”
The interior of the historic hotel was the most elegant area. No detail was spared in its construction. Cherrystone, golden scagliola, and black serpentine marble installed by Italian artisans graced the lobby, mezzanine, and dining rooms. Twelve gold-leaf cages with live parakeets adorned the pillars in the main dining area. A Tiffany glass dome crowned the lobby. All wood-work was solid mahogany.
The hotel supported its own bakery, ice factory, butcher shop, laundry, and a bar “stocked with every liquor you’ve ever heard of," said Mrs. Paul Harvey, daughter of Zach T. White.
The roof top ballroom and patio were the scene of many dinner dances and Sunday tea dances. It was also a favored place to gather and watch the progress of the Mexican Revolution and Pancho Villa across the Rio Grande River.
The historic inn in Texas remained in the White family until 1970, when TGK Investment Co. Ltd. bought the hotel from Mary and Katherine White, the daughters of Zach T. White. The new owners said they would refurbish and modernize the hotel, but every effort would be made to preserve the Western atmosphere.
Over the years, the hotel has undergone several remodeling. The last major construction on the hotel was in 1986 when the 17-story tower was added.

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staceestracnerseverino
 
staceestracnerseverino January 31, 2016
WOW ERNESTO! YOU ARE ALWAYS OUT DOING YOURSELF! THIS QUITE MAGNIFICENT, THE COLORS THE LIGHT STREAMING THROUGH. JUST WOW!! VERY IMPRESSIVE INDEED. YOU ALWAYS DELIVER AMAZING PHOTOS. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING YOUR GIFTS.
1Ernesto
1Ernesto February 01, 2016
Thank You! I can only claim to be a photo hobbyist and with this composition I have to give credit to editing more than skill with the camera.
valeriemurchie-stolpe
 
valeriemurchie-stolpe February 06, 2016
An alien shape ship has arrived. Pretty
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots March 17, 2016
Beautiful capture! Voted Pop of Color.
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laureenofscotts April 10, 2016
Beautiful! What a curio!
1Ernesto
1Ernesto April 10, 2016
It really did become a "curio" once the lighting was added to the composition. Thank you for the "superb composition" peer recognition.
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lizziemellis April 12, 2016
Magnificent image.. The light streaming through the coloured glass is amazing , beautifully captured:-)
Akire
 
Akire April 16, 2016
Beautiful capture! Vt Understanding Light.
Akire
 
Akire April 16, 2016
Beautifully done, thanks for the description. Vt, Covers.
1Ernesto
1Ernesto April 17, 2016
Wonderful to have your votes and even better to know you appreciate this composition as much as you do.
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marcpelletier May 11, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
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adavies May 24, 2016
Very cool! Nicely done! If you haven't done so already, please consider joining my Illusions challenge:)
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JDLifeshots June 01, 2016
Great shot! Voted Bright & Colorful.
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estercastillo08 June 01, 2016
Unique entry, Voted Bright and Colorful
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JDLifeshots June 05, 2016
Voted Impressive!
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sharonwilliams_9316 October 14, 2016
Congratulations and thank you for joining my challenge!
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1Ernesto October 14, 2016
My thanks to you for sponsoring the challenge and for the "Outstanding Creativity" peer recognition.
nbcaldwell2031
 
nbcaldwell2031 August 03, 2017
Love the image! Thanks for the history too!

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