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Joseph B. Burwinkle Architectural Drawings and Plans Collection

Identifier: SWA-Burwinkle-Drawings

Scope and Content

The Burwinkle Drawings and Plans Collection contains drawings and plans for construction of new buildings, and renovations of existing structures. These drawings include construction documents, as-built’s, plans, sections, elevations, perspectives, concept studies and process work. Types of buildings include: churches, schools, theaters, and other commercial projects across New Mexico.

The majority of the Burwinkle Drawings and Plans Collection includes projects between 1945 to 1954 when the firm was Burwinkle and Springman, as well as between 1954 and 1960 when Joe Burwinkle was partners with Richard Milner. Burwinkle’s involvement with the Catholic community encouraged many commissions received from various churches including Holy Ghost Parish, Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Church of the Nazarene, St. Mary’s, St. Therese, San Clemente, St. Charles Borromeo Parish, San Jose Parish, San Isidro Parish, St. Joseph Parish, Queen of Heaven, Sacred Heart, and Our Lady of Belen. Projects ranged from church rectories to schools, apartment buildings, residences and overall complexes. There are also many single family residential projects, store buildings (commercial buildings), theaters and office buildings. Other significant projects represented in the collection include:

Presbyterian Hospital Building for Board of National Missions of the Presbyterian Church in the USA to be located on U.S. Highway #64, Near Dixon, New Mexico, March-May 1939 (Stack 9, Drawer 3); Coronado Theater named the Theater Building for Dennis Baca and Alterations, March 1938, 113 S. First Street (Albuquerque, Progress) (Stack 9, Drawer 4); B’nai Israel Synagogue named the Synagogue for Congregation B’nai Isreal, East Coal Ave and South Cedar St, Albuquerque, New Mexico, June, 1939 and 1941 (Albuquerque Progress, 4/1941: p1) (Stack 9, Drawer 4).


  • 1936-1964

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

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Biographical Information

Joseph Bernard Burwinkle, Sr. was born in West Point, Iowa on February 15, 1902 to Henry and Frances (Friedel) Burwinkle. After attending public schools in West Point, Burwinkle graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1919 at Fort Madison, Iowa. In 1922 he came to Albuquerque, where he worked in construction. Shortly after arriving, Burwinkle joined the architectural firm of Gladding and Gladding. In 1930, Elson H. Norris expanded his office to include Joseph B. Burwinkle and William S. McMahon under the name of E.H. Norris and Co. The following year the firm became Burwinkle and McMahon, successors to E.H. Norris and Co. Burwinkle received New Mexico architectural license number 12 in 1931. When McMahon left the firm in 1932 to join the Army Corps of Engineers, Burwinkle ran the firm as J. B. Burwinkle & Co. from 1932-1945. During World War II, Burwinkle worked for the Army Corps of Engineers. Burwinkle worked with Raymond S. Springman, as Burwinkle and Springman, from 1945 to 1954 and later with Richard Milner, as Burwinkle and Milner, from 1954 to 1960. From 1960 to 1968, the firm became Joseph B. Burwinkle and Associates; in 1968 his son Joseph B. Burwinkle, Jr., took over.

Active in Catholic affairs, Joe Burwinkle served as president of St. Mary’s Boosters Club, and was a member of his church’s Holy Name Society and of the National Council of Catholic Men. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and served as financial secretary of his lodge from 1924 to 1928 and as grand knight during 1956 through 1958. Burwinkle was knighted by the Holy Father as a Knight of St. Gregory in July 1957. Burwinkle was also a member of the Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and a member and trustee of the Sierra Club of Albuquerque. Burwinkle was chairman of the local council of the Boy Scouts of America in 1930-1931.

Joe Burwinkle married Theresa Leona Baird on November 29, 1933; they had two children, Joseph Burwinkle Jr. who was born on October 29, 1934, who also became an architect and Robert F. Burwinkle born on October 1, 1936.


9 drawers (2 linear feet)


The Burwinkle Architectural Drawings and Plans Collection contains architectural drawings and plans for new construction, additions, renovations and interior architecture for: Joe B. Burwinkle, Raymond S. Springman, William S, McMahon, Richard Milner, E.H. Norris & Co. and Frank M. Hartman. The projects are located in cities across New Mexico and include schools, churches, commercial stores, service stations, single and multi-family residences, a synagogue, theaters, offices, laundry buildings, warehouses, restaurants and health facilities.

Related Archival Material

Elson H. Norris Architectural Drawings and Plans, University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research
Finding Aid of the Joseph B. Burwinkle Architectural Drawings and Plans Collection, 1936-1964
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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