LOST ARCHITECTURE

Recent Losses.

Since the publication of the Mid-Century Modern Architectural Resources survey, several buildings that were included on it have been demolished.

Elk's Club Lodge

ARCHITECT: Joseph Burwinkle

CONTRACTOR: Underwood & Testman

YEAR: 1963

DEMOLISHED: 2019

Designed by architect Joseph Burwinkle, a member of the Albuquerque Elk's Club, to replace the downtown club which was replaced by the Chavez Federal Building. The modernist structure was vacated by the Elks in and the University of New Mexico assumed ownership. The decision to demolish the property due to vandalism and liability was announced in the spring of 2019.

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Pre 2013 Losses.

Some modernist properties were demolished before they could be evaluated as historic. Whether abandoned, sold to redevelopers, or torn down for replacement, these properties are much missed.

PHOTO: Nancy Tucker Postcard Collection

Albuquerque Civic Auditorium

ARCHITECT: Ferguson, Stevens & Associates

CONTRACTOR: Lembe, Clough, King

YEAR: 1957

DEMOLISHED: 1986

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Trade Winds Motor Hotel

ARCHITECT: Irving Coryell

CONTRACTOR: K.L. House Construction Co.

YEAR: 1958

DEMOLISHED: 2009

This Googie motel, opened just in time for the 1958 New Mexico State Fair, was the height of Route 66 luxury. The entrance to the 83-room motor hotel's lobby featured steel beam supports forming a modernist porte-cochère. It was declared a nuisance property and demolished by the Safe City Strike Force in 2009.

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White Winrock Hotel

ARCHITECT: Victor Gruen & Associates

CONTRACTOR: Pickens & Bond

YEAR: 1962

DEMOLISHED: 2012

The hotel was named for its owner, the J.L. White Corporation, though it was managed by and operated by Winrock Enterprises. At the time of its closing, it was known as the Winrock Inn. The hotel makes a brief appearance in American International Pictures' 1971 release, Bunny O'Hare.

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Five Points Bank

ARCHITECT: Flatow, Moore, Bryan & Fairburn

CONTRACTOR: Unknown

YEAR: 1960

DEMOLISHED: Unknown

This 'ultra-modern' bank branch was operated by the Bank of New Mexico. Little is known about the building, which appears in photos to have been a triangular edifice set on a triangular site. With windows facing south and east, the interior space may have been flooded with natural light. Nothing remains on the site today. This footage was found in the Albuquerque Museum's collection of b-roll footage from the KRQE television station.

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Office of Flatow & Moore, Architects

ARCHITECT: Max Flatow

CONTRACTOR: Lembke Construction Co.

YEAR: 1949

DEMOLISHED: Unknown

This butterfly-roofed office building once stood near the southwest corner of Lomas and Yale. Considered by Edna Heatherington-Bergman as 'an advertisement for an architect' and George Pearl as, "the best thing (Flatow and Moore) have done," all that is left of the 'old Flatow office' are some steps leading where it once stood. The architectural firm relocated to the 16th floor of the First National Bank Tower East upon its opening in 1963.

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