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Philippe Register Architectural Drawings and Plans

Identifier: SWA-Register-Drawings

Scope and Content

The Philippe Register Architectural Drawings and Plans collection includes architectural drawings and plans for residences, commercial buildings, apartment buildings, churches, public institutions, schools, and government buildings in the cities of Acomita, Alameda, Arroyo Hondo, Aztec, Belen, Chimayo, Deming, Dulce, El Prado, Española, Holy Ghost Canyon, La Cueva, Las Vegas, Cieneguilla, Los Alamos, Madrid, Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, Pojoaque, Rociado, Springer, Taos, Truchas, Cordova, White Rock, Window Rock, and Zuni, New Mexico, between 1956-1992.


  • 1956-1992

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Biographical Information

Philippe Register was born in Philadelphia and spent most of his youth in France, his mother’s native country. After graduating from Yale, he joined the Air Force Reserve and was stationed in Alamogordo, New Mexico. He married his first wife Marcia Jean Morgan in 1945 and settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Register’s friends said he always remained optimistic and cheerful in his personal life despite the loss of his daughter Catherine, 12, to bone cancer in 1980. In 1995 Register married Santa Fe artist, Jody Le Cher. Register’s cousin was noted New Mexico architect Louis Hesseldon.

After moving to Albuquerque, Register subsequently studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, and became a partner in the firm, Clark and Register in Santa Fe (1957-1960). Register opened his own office in 1960. In 1967, Register formed a partnership with James Abelardo Brunet and Terrance Ross, called RSB architects. Register generously donated his time and effort to his community. He donated his services as architect of the new waiting room for the Progressive Care Unit of the Santa Fe Indian Hospital. Register was Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Santa Fe Symphony, and organizer of the movement to allow designated dog parks in Santa Fe’s city code. He was also named honorary French consul for New Mexico.

Register died at age 84 in Santa Fe in 2006. In accord with the obituary he wrote himself, a celebration, not a funeral, was held in his memory at the La Fonda Hotel.


8 Drawers (2 linear ft.)


The Philippe Register Architectural Drawings and Plans collection contains architectural drawings and plans for residences, and commercial, private, and government buildings in New Mexico during 1956-1992.
Finding Aid of the Philippe Register Architectural Drawings and Plans, 1956-1992
R. Caplan, E. Evans-Colburn
© 2007
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131