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Frank M. Standhardt Architectural Drawings and Plans Collection

Identifier: SWA-Standhardt-Drawings

Scope and Content

The Frank M. Standhardt collection contains drawings and plans for construction of new buildings, and renovations of existing structures, master plans, aerial views and images, studies of buildings, renderings, HVAC plans, utility and electrical plans, wiring diagrams, furniture and furniture layout plans. These drawings include construction documents, plans, sections, elevations, perspectives, cost estimates, concept studies, process work and change orders. Highlights of the collection are renderings and plans of lamps, lighting fixtures, and furniture for the New Mexico Military Institute; as well as plans for built-ins, and a notable spiral staircase for Clowe and Cowan.

Frank M. Standhardt was known for his design of windowless schools built throughout New Mexico, and for his many bomb shelters / fallout shelters. Significant to the time, drive-in restaurants, grocery stores and banks are also represented within this collection. The collection also covers a broad range of time allowing one to trace major trends through American history and the built environment. Architectural styles portrayed in medium and rendering show major changes in rendering during the 1960’s with the addition of Craig Protz to the design team, where “Barbie doll” like figures and bright colors become a standard through the decade matching popular culture. Previous to that time more traditional renderings are common to the collection.

Significant projects and commissions represented in the collection include: J.P. White Building, New Mexico Military Institute, Retreat for the Poor Saint Clares, ABO Elementary School and Fallout Shelter, Del Norte Shopping Center, Roswell Tower and Highland Junior High School, including projects for Allison and Hutchinson, Clarence E. Hinkle, A.L. Christenson, Pepsi-Cola, Royal Crown and Coca Cola.


  • 1912-1968


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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

Frank Moscow Standhardt was born on August 23, 1913 in Estancia, New Mexico and died February 17, 1978 in Roswell, New Mexico. He attended the University of New Mexico in 1931-1932 and then attended the Texas Technical College located in Lubbock, Texas from 1932-1935.

Frank Standhardt began his career as a draftsman for C.R. Carr in Roswell, New Mexico during 1935-1936; working for F.E.R.A. in Santa Fe, New Mexico during 1936-1937, and then returning to C.R. Carr in 1937-1938. Stanheardt worked for Kruger and Clark in Santa Fe, New Mexico during 1938-1939. Frank M. Standhardt became licensed in the State of New Mexico in the year 1939, holding license number 56. In the year 1939 Standhardt entered into partnership with Roy W. Vorhees forming the firm Vorhees and Standhardt Architects, with whom he worked until Vorhees' death in 1958. During this time Milton Swatek became associated with the firm and became partner with Vorhees and Standhardt in 1951. During 1958-1967 Standhardt created the firm Frank M. Standhardt Architect. William D. Knight Jr. worked as a designer and later associate with Standhardt’s firm.

Towards the end of Standhardt’s career, he formed the Architectural Studio with Jim Wall and Sam Pool, with whom he worked until 1968. During Standhardt’s retirement, he pursued his hobbies of painting and cabinet making, enjoying these activities until his death in 1978. Sometimes his last name is seen spelled as "Standheardt" or "Standhart".


20 Drawers (4 linear feet)


The Frank M. Standhardt Architectural Drawings and Plans Collection contains architectural drawings and plans for new construction, additions, renovations and interior architecture located in Hobbs, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Carrizozo, Roswell, Artesia, Tucumcari, Tatum, Estancia, Ft. Sumner, Capitan, Carlsbad, Ruidoso, Lincoln, Lovington, Clovis, Malaga, Radium Springs, Hagerman, Reserve, Cloudcroft, Portales, Cottonwood, Dexter, Laguna, and Grants New Mexico, Pasadena, California as well as Arlington, Knickerbocker, Mertzon, and El Paso Texas. Included in this collection are projects for public, commercial, military and residential structures.

Related Archival Material

Francis W. Spencer and Roy Webster Vorhees Architectural Drawings and Plans Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico.
Finding Aid of the Frank M. Standhardt Architectural Drawings and Plans Collection, 1912-1968
Jessica Amanda Gardener
© 2012
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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