|Birth: ||Dec. 13, 1921|
|Death: ||Aug. 17, 2006|
Santa Fe County
New Mexico, USA
THE NEW MEXICAN ARTICLE ON PHILIPPE REGISTER
Copyright The New Mexican 2006
By Brandon Garcia | The New Mexican
August 19, 2006
Philippe Register, the architect who designed much of the College of Santa Fe and the Richard M. Angle Cancer Treatment Center as well as restored a number of homes on the city's east side, died Thursday. He was 87.
Beverley Spears, an architect who knew Register for three decades, said his work was respectful of traditional Santa Fe architecture, but simultaneously modern.
"He was, to some extent, a risk taker," she said. "He didn't just follow the standard rules of Pueblo Revival architecture."
Spears points to Santa Fe Preparatory School as an example of Register's work. The building features stuccoed masonry and a pentagon courtyard. The courtyard, she pointed out, is a traditional Santa Fe element, but making it five-sided is innovative.
Register clung to the unexpected in his work, but also his personal life. La Fonda's Sam Ballen, who befriended Register nearly 40 years ago, said he was always cheerful and optimistic. Even during his toughest times, like when his daughter Catherine, 12, died in 1980 of bone cancer, Ballen said, "I never saw him frown."
Even with such hardships, Register's life was punctuated with luck, Ballen said, like his marriage to Santa Fe artist Jody Le Cher in 1995. While Ballen and Register never discussed the relationship, it was "obvious," he said, that Register thought of himself as fortunate.
Register was born in Philadelphia and spent much of his youth in his mother's home country, France. He graduated from Yale and joined the Air Force Reserve, which sent him to Alamogordo. He and his first wife, Marcia Jean Morgan, married in 1945 and the couple settled in Albuquerque.
Only then did Register begin to study architecture, attending the University of Pennsylvania for his education.
His work dots the Santa Fe landscape: Agua Fría Elementary School and Capshaw Junior High School, the state police headquarters, the Greer Garson Theatre, Fogelson Library Center and several other College of Santa Fe buildings.
Register also designed several buildings outside Santa Fe, most notably the Abiquiú Monastery of Christ in the Desert.
Never wholly traditional, in an obituary he wrote himself, Register asked his friends to make donations to the monastery or to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter in his memory. Instead of a funeral, he wanted a celebration. It's scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday at La Fonda.
Henry Bartol Register (1886 - 1956)
Henry Bartol Register (1920 - 1934)*
Philippe Register (1921 - 2006)
Philippe De Montauzan Register (1921 - 2006)*
Abbey of Christ in the Desert
Rio Arriba County
New Mexico, USA
Plot: 2nd grave, row 1
Created by: Jean Lerud-Hanson
Record added: Jul 13, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 93511152