The first, United Bank of El Paso del Norte, is well along on its way to becoming an office building. The structure, located at 401 E. Main, began life as a parking garage several years ago but was purchased by the local bank in order to create a new office structure downtown.
|The façade on the new United Bank building is nearly complete. Decorative wrought iron highlights the arches.|
|United Bank tower.|
Large arches now line the front of the building featuring impressive wrought iron work that mostly hide the parking area within the structure. Sizeable suspended awnings hang over storefronts at street level. The new façade varies little from the original design with just a few changes to windows on the upper levels.
Construction continues on the City’s Luther Building just one block to the south. Workers have stripped much of the blighted industrial façade to reveal the original brickwork underneath.
The historic building was donated to the City last year by Paul Foster. Foster, one of the partners involved in bringing a Triple-A ball club to El Paso, gave the building to the City to facilitate the emptying of the former City Hall in order to make room for a new baseball stadium at the site. City Hall was demolished earlier this month.
|Historic brickwork is now visible as construction crews have stripped the blighted façade from the Luther Bldg.|
|Rendering of what the Luther Building will look like when renovations are completed.|