If you’re curious to see the inside of the grand and historic Hoover House, here’s your chance!
To celebrate its 100th birthday, the Hoover House is opening its doors to the public for tours next weekend, June 3 and 4.
The Kern Place mansion is the official residence of UTEP President Diana Natalicio. It has been home to four other UTEP Presidents.
Joined by Paydirt Pete and the UTEP cheerleaders, Natalicio will officially open the house and speak at 9 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday. Birthday cake will also be served.
UTEP officials say the home was one of the first to have been built in the area in 1917. The Hoover House was named after the family that donated it to the University.
Over the years, the Hoover House has hosted “dozens of dignitaries, including former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and former First Lady Laura Bush,” according to UTEP. It also serves as a venue for many “celebratory and ceremonial events”.
University officials say the last time the Hoover House was opened to the public was in 2014 as part of UTEP’s Centennial celebration.
“The Hoover House is not only a historic property but a place where University history is made,” President Natalicio said in a news release.”For me, it is an honor and privilege to live in UTEP’s official home, and a great pleasure to open its doors to share so many of the University’s happiest occasions with our UTEP family and friends, community members and visitors from across the world.”
The tours will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 4 at the house located on 711 Cincinnati Ave.