In March 1928, the Alpine Avalanche reported on the newly built Holland Hotel with a headline that read, “Alpine’s $250,000 Hotel Opened to the Public.”
The article described the hotel’s modern structure and boasted of “common battery telephone service,” a service considered a relic nearly a century later as the Holland celebrates its 90th year in operation.
“What’s interesting about West Texas is we don’t know how many Trost buildings there are,” added Malissa Grossman, Executive Director of the Texas Trost Society. “There are several ranch homes the company was commissioned for, and we have no records for them. Our intent is to start growing this awareness of who Trost was as a firm and why they are important to the region.”
Some other Trost designs include Marathon’s Gage Hotel, Marfa’s Hotel Paisano, and Sanderson’s Kerr mercantile building. There were many proposed Trost buildings throughout West Texas that were never built, including hotels in Valentine and Pecos. A full list of completed and proposed projects can be found on the Henry C. Trost Historical Organization’s website.