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Camino Real: Stunning Tiffany Glass Dome
If you don't stay in the Camino Real Hotel by all means go visit it when you are in downtown El Paso.
The hotel was the dream of Zack Whites, a businessman from Virginia who wanted to develop the most modern hotel in the Southwest. Originally called the Paso Del Norte hotel it was constructed and opened on Thanksgiving Day, 2012. Work included interiors from Italian artists and other fine craftsman. The stunning jewel of the hotel was the 25 foot Tiffany glass dome located in the lobby.
In 1993 the hotel was bought by the Angeles Corporation and renamed the Camino Real. The tiffany dome was moved into the hotel's bar area.
The Camino Real Hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places and definitely is one of the highlights of downtown El Paso.
The first fire- and earthquake proof buildings
Camino Real Hotel is one of the most impressive buildings in downtown El Paso. It consists of new and higher (17 floors high) Camino Real Paso del Norte Hotel completed in 1986 and two older buildings of Camino Real Hotel constructed of reinforced concrete faced with brick and terra-cotta.
The buildings are 10-floors and 37 m (120 ft) high and were designed in an eclectic style with Sullivanesque influences in 1912 and named Hotel Paseo del Norte. Common characteristic of Sullivanesque style are terra cotta ornaments composed of lushly intertwining vines and leaves combined with sharp-edged geometric figures.
The first owner , Zach T. White ( a farmer and land developer, millionaire and philanthropist from Virginia), experienced the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and demanded a design of high rise building that was both fire- and earthquake proof. The hotel advertised as the first fireproof building in El Paso that time, with gypsum used as wall material . The interior features marble surfaces and a Tiffany-designed art glass dome.
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