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Kruger, Lake, and Henderson Architectural Drawings and Plans

Identifier: SWA-KLH-Drawings

Scope and Content

This collection houses over 9700 drawings created by Kruger, Lake, & Henderson. Spanning almost 40 years and seven partners, the collection has numerous government, commercial, and residential properties in New Mexico and five other states, including Colorado, Arizona, Texas, Utah, and Louisiana. KLH gained recognition in promoting the culture, climate, and economy of New Mexico designing numerous churches, schools, and local businesses including Glorieta Baptist Assembly, Los Lunas Hospital & Training School, Catron County Courthouse, and numerous buildings for New Mexico State University, Kirtland Air Force Base, Sandia Base, and Sandia National Laboratories.


  • 1948-1987


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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

In 1956 John Kruger and Gerald Lake started the Kruger Lake Architectural Firm and immediately added Henry Henderson, becoming Kruger, Lake, & Henderson (KLH) until Henderson’s retirement in 1970. In 1979 Ron Hutchinson and James Brown joined the firm, eventually taking over after Kruger and Lake retired in the early 1980s. In 1984 Hutchinson died and the firm became Burton, Brown & Partners until it was bought in 1989 by the Arizona firm DWL, where Ron Burton continues as president of their New Mexico division.

N.J. "John" Kruger: Born in the New Mexico Territory, Noble John Kruger spent much of his early years between New Mexico and Oklahoma. He received a degree from the University of Oklahoma, School of Engineering in 1935 and began working on the design of buildings at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories with Willard Kruger. In 1955 he returned from his homestead in Oklahoma to New Mexico and started the Albuquerque firm Kruger, Lake, & Henderson. Kruger passed away in Albuquerque in 2004.

Gerald H. Lake: Partnering with John Kruger in 1955, Gerald Hunton Lake was born in Arkansas, but primarily raised in New Mexico. He received his architectural degree from Texas Tech in 1941 and worked with Army Corps of Engineers through World War II building army camps and redesigning luxury liners for conversion into hospital ships. After working in the firm Ferguson, Stevens, and Decker, he consulted for John Gaw Meem on the University of New Mexico campus. He partnered with John Kruger in 1955, retiring after 30 years with the firm. He passed away in Albuquerque in 2004.


44 drawers (8.8 linear ft.)


The Kruger, Lake, and Henderson (KLH) Architectural Drawings and Plans Collection includes drawings for over 400 sites in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Louisiana, and Texas.
Finding Aid of the Kruger, Lake, and Henderson Architectural Drawings and Plans, 1948-1987
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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